Shop makes remodels a cinch

Bargains - Now you can give your remodeling project a kick start and support Habitat for Humanity, too
by: Chase Allgood, Harold Ortman measures a sink at ReStore, the Habitat for Humanities reclamation shop that opened on 24th Avenue in Forest Grove this month.

Thinking about putting slate tile in the entryway? Or buying an Ethan Allen sofa for the family room? Maybe a dinette with a hutch?

You don't have to wait for the federal government stimulus check to buy any of these items. They're all for sale - and at huge discounts - at Re-Store, 4115 24th Ave. in Forest Grove, behind Fastenal and across the street from Henningsen Cold Storage Co.

It gets better. Besides getting great deals, you can feel good knowing the proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.

'We'll add more hours as we get more volunteers,' said Ray Giansante, president of the West Tuality chapter of Habitat.

The store's inventory is all donated. Many of the items are new, and some are gently used. There are six mercury vapor lamps, a stainless steel wood stove chimney, carpeting, laminate flooring, door knobs, an oven - and even a couple of kitchen sinks.

That doesn't mean ReStore will take everything, including the kitchen sink.

'We don't take mattresses, Venetian blinds, clothing or appliances older than seven years,' said Glenn Cooper, past chapter president of Habitat who happened to stop in with his wife, Dot. They had their eye on the dinette set for a relative.

According to Giansante, the idea for the store came from Diane Wiley, who's been the driving force behind its creation.

The space was donated by Mike Henningsen, and much of the building continues to be used by Henningsen Cold Storage.

To learn more, volunteer, or make a donation, go to the store during business hours or call Giansante at 503-357-9389.

Store info:

What: ReStore of Forest Grove

Where:4115 24th Ave.

Hours:10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays