SPRING HILL — If Christmas gifts have supplanted some home goods that still have useful lives, Habitat for Humanity of Hernando County has a new repository, a sort of recycling center, for them.
The nonprofit agency, which builds homes for people needing a hand up, opened its second Habitat ReStore in early December.
"Nobody still knows we're there," Barbara Yanichko, the organization's director of retail operations, said last week of the 10,000-square-foot anchor unit in Spring Hill Plaza, 7391 Spring Hill Drive.
But Yanichko has begun to spread the word that western Hernando County now has a new site to accept donations and to sell used home furnishings and clothing.
It's other ReStore is in Brooksville Plaza, 19450 Cortez Blvd., south of downtown Brooksville.
"Normally, we have a pretty good array of items that we get in," Yanichko said. "We are blessed with absolutely fabulous, generous donors."
As for the biggest sellers, "It's kind of a dead heat with furniture and clothing," she said.
Shelves also are stocked with dishes and kitchenware, bed and table linens, wall decor and curtains, electronics, toys, games, and books.
The thrift stores play an important role in the agency's mission.
"If it wasn't for the ReStores, we wouldn't have money to build homes," Yanichko said.
The Brooksville outlet has averaged sales of $30,000 to $35,000 a month.
Executive director Cliff Fouts said Habitat is now building its 36th home in Hernando County since 1993. Those homes are required by agency rules to be outfitted with new items.
"But," Yanichko added, "if they've been in the home and need something else, or just moving in and maybe don't have beds, we supply them with what they need to set up a home."
Those goods are taken from items donated to the resale stores.
"Also, we do that for anyone in Hernando County, usually people in need (made known) through county Health and Human Services or churches or schools," Yanichko said. "That may not be our main mission, but it is a mission of ours."
With its new store and drop-off site located in a well populated area of the county, Habitat officials are hoping for growth in donated goods and sales.
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