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Abundance of holiday decorations at Habitat ReStore

November 24, 2011
By DIANE SPEER - News Lifestyles Editor , The Alpena News

All year long, the Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan ReStore on Chisholm Street has been stockpiling Christmas decorations as donors have brought them into the facility.

The ReStore now is ready to unveil all of that holiday cheer in a special Christmas Room that features hundreds of resale items. Prices range from 25 cents for ornaments up to $40 for artificial trees. From strings of lights to tree stands to stockings and more, the ReStore offers a chance for residents to pick up some gently used decorations and know that the proceeds are going to the good cause of helping to provide housing for the less fortunate in the area.

"A special Christmas Room featuring hundreds of resale items awaits our guests," said Habitat Executive Director Mike Wilson. "We are blessed with such a wonderful community and hope to give back in some way as we celebrate Christmas and work towards our mission of providing safe, affordable housing to families in need in Northeast Michigan."

Along with selling Christmas decorations, the ReStore also is still accepting donations from those who are looking to part with some of their own decorations.

"We are still accepting holiday decorations. Everything that we get in will get right out on the floor." said ReStore associate Rick Wcisel, who created some of the colorful signage that points visitors to the ReStore in the direction of the Christmas Room.

Besides the holiday decor, the ReStore provides a way to recycle other items as well, while raising funds for operational expenses. It gives people an opportunity to purchase new or repurposed home improvement items such as tools, wallpaper, windows, doors, fixtures and furniture.

One of the newer aspects at the facility is a special brand of new but recycled paint that is canned in Battle Creek and sold just at ReStores like Alpena's.

"We received 125 gallons and have reordered," Wcisel said. "It is mostly neutral and is $11 a gallon. It's a good price and covers really well."

ReStore hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 354-5555 or visit the local Habitat website at



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