MILTON, Vt. After much wait, Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity ReStore opened their Milton Location Saturday.
“The folks in the community, both from the town officials, to the individuals have been knocking on the door for about a month saying, 'when are you going to open?',” said David Mullin of Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity.
The second-hand store will sell new and gently-used donated items.
“There's nothing as big as this around here,” said Jill Decker of Fairfax.
“The whole idea of habitat for humanity is to generate funds so we can build more affordable housing in the community, in Chittenden County,” said Mullin.
The money made from the store goes to buying materials and land for building a house. The low income families, selected to live in the house, buy the cost of materials and join in and the building process.
"We need more ownership opportunities and entry-level housing,” said Mullin.
Shoppers in the store see it as a way to get a deal and help out.
“It boils down to reduce reuse and recycle. Reduce and reuse are the first two of that and I love supporting local efforts for that cause,” said Elizabeth Spinny of Huntington
“I think it's great, because you help out your neighbors, you can get rid of stuff and people who want things can get things and not pay the full price,” said Decker.
Mullin sees it as a win- win, for people hoping to help out and being the next chapter of their life.
“We are very grateful to the community for this support of this mission of affordable housing,” said Mullin.