Habitat outlet opens in Gypsum
GYPSUM – The newly opened Habitat for Humanity Home Outlet Warehouse in Gypsum is a win-win-win-win operation.The first win goes to the donors of building materials and furniture, who get a tax write-off for the items they bring in.The second win is for the customers who shop at the warehouse, who can get bargains on building materials, plumbing and electrical fixtures, appliances, and furniture.The third winner is the Eagle County Landfill; by recycling construction materials the landfills up less quickly. The fourth winner is the local branch of the nonprofit organization Habitat for Humanity, which helps lower income Americans build and buy their own homes. If the warehouse operates as anticipated, it could generate enough revenue over a year’s time to build a home.The 8,000-square-foot warehouse, located in what formerly was a truck repair shop, saw bustling business the first two weekends it has been open. Habitat volunteer Bonnie Vogt and a group of volunteers spent the last six months organizing the warehouse.
The front portion of the building is filled with furniture and working appliances, ranging from televisions to refrigerators, stoves, washers and dryers. Last week, some 30 working television sets were sold.There’s an abundance of building materials, as well. Vogt proudly shows off brand new merchandise, including some faucets donated by a plumbing supply house. Contractors have also donated windows, doors, tile, molding, cabinets and countertops. The place is a do-it-yourselfer’s delight.”As the contractors realize they can recycle surplus materials, we get more calls every day,” says Vogt. Habitat wants televisions, furniture that’s in good condition, working appliances, building supplies, flooring, electrical and plumbing fixtures, hardware, lumber, windows, and other items, Vogt said. Valley resident Lavine Vogelman is the manager of the warehouse. On the first weekend of business, customers were anxiously waiting for the doors to open, Vogelman said. Habitat Director Tom Healey said the purpose of the warehouse is to raise enough money over a year’s time to build home. Meanwhile, work has started on some Habitat for Humanity homes in Eagle’s Bluffs subdivision, Healey said.
With business booming, what Habitat is looking for now is more volunteers. Vogelman needs some help operating the outlet warehouse and volunteers are also to help build the homes in Eagle.Outlet storeWhat: Habitat for Humanity building supply warehouseWhere: 500 Trail Gulch Road, just east of the Gypsum roundabout,Hours: Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sells: Discounted building materials, appliances, furniture, plumbing and electrical fixturesDonations & information: People or companies who want to donate items can contact the warehouse at 524-0669. Habitat for Humanity can pick up donations on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, by appointment.Habitat for Humanity of Lake and Eagle Counties: 748-6718.==========================================Vail, Colorado
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