GREENSBORO, N.C. — As the recession takes its toll across the U.S., the old is helping bring about the new for needy residents in Greensboro.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro’s eight-year-old ReStore, which reopened in November 2007 and sells new and used items to raise funds to build new homes, is seeing record sales.
Sales in November 2008 topped $86,000, breaking the previous record of $72,455 set in November 2006 and surging past the $67,453 posted in 2007.
The ReStore also broke records for its best day and week during November.
“We really believe it’s due to the wonderful coverage local TV and newspaper gave us,” Bill Gault, director of ReStore operations, says in a statement.
The increased need for housing, brought about by the recession and mortgage crisis, may also be driving sales higher.
“We’re seeing a massive need in this country for affordable home ownership opportunities that actually work for families over the long haul,” Winston McGregor, executive director of the Greensboro Habitat, says in a statement. “Habitat provides that, and when folks donate to and shop at the ReStore, they’re doing something positive to help.
The Greensboro ReStore is located at 3826 High Point Road.