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Grand Opening: A new home for the Habitat for Humanity-Spokane store

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Longing to remodel, but not excited about the cost? Habitat for Humanity is ready to assist. They don't just help worthy local families become homeowners. "We've got a store that is packed full of really cool new and used materials, from antique furniture to appliances to lots of lumber and tools," says Michelle Girardot, CEO of Habitat for Humanity-Spokane. Even better, "All of our product is 50 to 75 percent off market value," she adds.

The store, which marks its 16th anniversary this year, is settling into a brand new, centrally located and larger home at 1805 E. Trent, just west of Napa.

While the store sells items donated by the public, it also receives brand-new inventory from local and national big-box retailers. "It is basically a pretty nice way for those big retailers to make space on their own floors, by donating stuff to us," Girardot says. Over the years, the store has raised more than $2.5 million, all of which has been used for Habitat home building in Spokane.

Bargain hunters can sign up for a "weekly deals" email blast offering info on new things that will be sold that weekend, and coupons for even better bargains. "Our product goes pretty fast," Girardot says.

For the crafty, classes at the store offer volunteers the opportunity to learn how to upcycle — revamping an old light fixture into something trendy or turning an antique dresser into a sink vanity. Donating those upcycled items helps the store raise even more funds for homebuilding.

Donations can be made at the store, or schedule a free donation pickup by calling 535-9517. Store hours are 10:30 am to 6 pm Tuesday through Saturday. For more information and to sign up for the newsletter, go to habitat-spokane.org.

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