Monday, October 24, 2011

Alexandria ASID Peer Group Helps Habitat For Humanity Score BIG!

Saturday October 8th marked the 4th annual BIG SALE, a community outreach project spearheaded and supported by my ASID peer group pairing with Alexandria, VA's ReStore.

Designers volunteered their time, over several weeks, requesting and collecting donations.  Then they got busy pricing and organizing in time to open to the public the morning of the BIG SALE. 

The crisp autumn day certainly brought out the shoppers - when the doors opened, the patrons made a bee line direct to the designer sales area.
ReStore is Habitat for Humanity's resale outlet, selling reusable and surplus building materials to the public in addition to furniture, accessories and appliances.  ReStore accepts donated goods which are then sold at a fraction of the retail price. All proceeds help local Habitat affiliates fund the construction of Habitat homes within their communities.  This year our designer and industry partner donations brought in over $7400. 00 for ReStore and combined with general sales for the day, ReStore had an overall total in excess of $10,000.00!  Any ASID marked items that did not sell during the special sale hours were then blended with ReStore's merchandise.  The remaining items have been selling throughout the past weeks and have added nearly $2,000.00 more to the BIG SALE tally.

Next time you are thinking about renovating, think about the ReStore - you will not only be reducing what goes into our landfills, but supporting a great cause - with a tax donation benefit as well!  And even if you aren't renovating, be sure to check out ReStore for some wonderful finds - recently I found a farm table - only $35 because it had a missing center drawer.  I researched the maker, in Sperryville VA, and contacted them about making a replacement drawer - $95 later, I have a complete custom table with a value of $950 and I only spent $130 - what a steal!

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