Habitat Happenings

Cary ReStore has an Open Position

Would you like to join the ReStore team and help make a difference? The Cary ReStore has a part-time position of Back Room Associate. The Cary ReStore is located at 181 High House Road  in beautiful Cary, NC. We are looking for someone who is energetic, enjoys working with and helping others, and wants to be a part of a great team! If this sounds like you… read on:

Back Room Associate Job Description:

Under the general supervision of the Cary Store Manager, the Back Room Associate will primarily focus on receiving and processing donations in the back room.The Associate will be expected to leverage available volunteers to accomplish daily tasks in an efficient manner.  In addition, the Associate will be responsible for store projects that will be assigned to her/him as needed within the store and must provide good customer service to donors in the back, customers on the sales floor, and to regular volunteers.

Responsibilities within the Cary ReStore:

  • Coordinate the flow of donated materials to the store sales floor
  • Evaluate condition/price of incoming merchandise, including furniture, cabinets, and lawn equipment
  • Maintain proper merchandise placement throughout the store
  • Provide additional supervision for volunteers
  • Assist customers with purchasing merchandise
  • Assist customers with loading out purchases
  • Maintain clean, neat, and organized workspaces
  • Keep store free from safety hazards
  • Work closely with the Store Manager and Assistant Manager to determine individual projects that may be necessary for store improvements (these can include activities such as building new display equipment)

Preferred knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • A strong belief in the organization’s mission, goals and accomplishments
  • Clean driving record
  • Experience working in a retail environment (sales, receiving, or management)
  • Ability and experience working with and delegating tasks to volunteers
  • Strong knowledge of trades (plumbing, electrical, mechanical)
  • General knowledge of the ReUse industry
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both internally and externally
  • Excellent customer service etiquette and attitude
  • Ability to have grace and humor under pressure
  • Energized in an atmosphere that fosters sharing new ideas and initiatives

Machines, equipment and specialized tools appropriate to function include:

  • Power tools, hand tools, ladders
  • Price guns
  • Pallet jacks and other material handling equipment
  • PC running Windows 7 and printer/scanner

Supervisory controls:

The Back Room Associate will report directly to the Cary Store manager.


Responsibilities involve a variety of tasks that may or may not be related. Therefore, strong organizational skills will be required.  The ability to independently prioritize tasks in a fast-paced and dynamic environment is essential, as is the ability to manage volunteers and keep them engaged with those tasks.

Physical demands:

Ability to lift over 50 lbs.

Work environment:

The Cary ReStore is an 8,000 sq ft retail suite within a shopping center.  6,500 sq ft of selling space.

Minimum education and experience requirements:

Candidate must have a college degree or equivalent four years of experience working in customer service, retail, reuse and/or construction.

If interested, please send resume and cover letter Alex Cooley, Cary ReStore manager at: Alex.Cooley@HabitatWake.org

Wake ReStores partner with ReSpace design competition

Inside Out Porch Wake ReStores partner with ReSpace design competition


ReSpace Design Competition 2014

The Respace competition is an effort to raise awareness of reuse materials while showcasing creative and successful small space designs inspired by their use.  This exciting design competition draws creative designs from students and professional designers from around the world. The major theme of the competition is keeping materials out of the landfill. Participants in this competition design a small outdoor community gathering space that can be built using exclusively reused materials.

A panel of judges have judged this year’s design competition entries, and awarded a grand prize to the “inside-out porch” design by Chad Butterworth, Michael Mills, Jose Noya, Nilam Patel, Carrie Strayhorn and John Whitaker. Click here to see the winning design.


Habitat Wake, ReSpace and the Hope House

As a ReSpace project community partner, Habitat Wake helps bring the ReSpace design competition to life! Using reused building materials from the Habitat Wake ReStore, and volunteers like you, Habitat Wake will build this year’s winning design.

The “inside-out porch” will be used by the Hope House, one of Habitat Wake’s community partners in Wake Forest, to solve a need for space, and increase their connection to their neighborhood. Hope House’s Vision is for “a space to help our community…to provide a comfortable outdoor space for our seniors to sit and be a part our annual events…a place for seating and a screen for outdoor moviesstorage for our clothing giveaway, we get clothes year round and are forced to donate them to other charities because we don’t enough room to store them… to expand our participation in the Read and Feed program that provides books, food, and tutors to children who need them...” – Norma J. Bennekin, Hope House Community Projects Assistant.


How to get involved

Habitat Wake and the ReSpace team need volunteers to help us build the “inside-out porch!”  Construction begins on July 30th! If you would like to join Habitat Wake and the Wake Forest community in constructing this one-of-a-kind space, click here!

Meet the New Apex ReStore Manager

Jennifer Ruppert 224x300 Meet the New Apex ReStore ManagerMeet the new Apex ReStore Manager, Jennifer Ruppert! We are so excited to have Jennifer join our team and are certain that she will bring great ideas, creative programs and a lot of energy to the new store. In the short time she has been with us, she has accomplished so much!

Jennifer is a native of NC and a resident of Apex. She is a successful DIY crafter and repurpose enthusiast who has a successful business selling her refurbished treasures. Jennifer has two fabulous kids and three fabulous step-kids that keep her busy and entertained. In addition, they have two ​Great Danes and just adopted a ​Boarder ​Collie!  She is a big fan of anything outdoors, swimming in the ocean, hanging with the family, and trying something new. Most recently, Jennifer has taken up paddle boarding. Having a passion for serving others, she had plans to be on the mission field in two years, when her youngest daughter graduates from high school. She has since realized that there is a mission field right here in her back yard –  the Apex ReStore!

The ReStore accepts gently worn materials and items that may otherwise be thrown away. Last year, the ReStore salvaged over 4.3 tons of material that would have ended up in the landfill. Sales from the ReStore help support the Habitat Wake mission. It doesn’t stop at shopping: those wanting to help can try volunteering their time working in the ReStores. We are always looking for help sorting, customer service associates, merchandising, and fixing slightly damaged materials. And when it comes to donating, the ReStore is always looking for your unwanted household items. Free pick up is available for items too large to fit within your vehicle. For additional information on the Wake ReStores, how to donate, volunteer and support our mission, please visit: www.WakeReStore.org or you can call 919-744-2420 to schedule a FREE pick up.

Please join us on Saturday July 26th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to celebrate the Grand Opening of our Apex ReStore. The event will include lots of fun activities, games and prizes, food, entertainment, a live remote from KIX 102.9, and special savings.​

Join Us for Pop Up Sunday on 7/27

Pop Up Sunday July 27 Join Us for Pop Up Sunday on 7/27Wake ReStore has once again been invited to be the charity partner for the July 27th,  Pop Up Sunday event. POP-UP Sunday is a flea-market style, monthly event that gives local businesses, artists and the community a chance to mingle, share, interact, and purchase cool, eclectic items. It’s not just art, antiques or food trucks, it’s a collaborative mix of crafters, repurpose artists, those that are environmentally savvy and more!

DATE: Sunday, July 27th

TIME: Noon – 5 pm

LOCATION: 509 N West Street, Raleigh, NC

On the fourth Sunday of the month from March through November, Pop Up Sunday’s takes place in the parking lot of Ornamentea. The event is open to the public and  starts at noon and runs throught to 5 p.m. Located in downtown Raleigh at 509 N. West Street, Raleigh, NC  27603. You can shop for locally made craft items, unique gift ideas and other repuposed finds. You can also enjoy some delicious foods from local food trucks and experience some local flavors. These are just some of the local merchants who will be included:

  • The Record Krate
  • Vignette Vintage
  • Quirky Girrl
  • Hawks and Doves
  • Atkinson Creations
  • Oak City Collective
  • The Contained Farmer
  • Grimm Vintage

Wake ReStore is thrilled to be included and will have a booth space during the event. We will be showcasing some simple DIY projects and selling some of our unique finds available for purchase in the ReStore. Plus, as the charity partner, Habitat Wake will benefit from donations and beer proceeds from the event. We will be the recipients of donations collected the whole month through Ornamentea’s Round-UP donation jar.

So, if  you are looking for something to do, come by Ornamentea on Sunday July 27th! Get your craft on at Pop Up Sunday!

This is one of the craft projects we will have availabe at Pop Up Sunday!

look what we did Join Us for Pop Up Sunday on 7/27

window art in action Join Us for Pop Up Sunday on 7/27

Apex ReStore Grand Opening on July 26!

Grand Opening image Apex ReStore Grand Opening on July 26!

It’s all coming together! The new Apex ReStore is receiving some finishing touches to get ready for our Grand Opening. The store is getting some new paint, wall configuration, merchandising display units, signage, amazing product and more! We are preparing for the Apex ReStore Grand Opening on Saturday, July 26th!

The Apex ReStore Grand Opening – ALL are Welcome!

Join us as we celebrate the opening of our third ReStore in Apex, NC. The ReStore is a thrift store with a mission which supports the building of safe, affordable housing through Habitat Wake. The Raleigh ReStore is the flagship property with a 50,000 sq. ft.  showroom and the Cary ReStore is a boutique thrift store with just over 8,000 sq. ft. The Apex location is at 826 E Williams Street in the New Horizons Fellowship strip mall and is similar in size to the Cary location.

Apex ReStore Grand Opening Details

DATE: Saturday, July 26

TIME: 9 am to 5 pm

LOCATION: 826 E. Williams Street, Apex NC


  • Blissful Journey will provide Energizing Hand Massages from 9 am – 11 am!
  • A variety of food will be available throughout the day from local businesses including Dunkin Donuts, Sweet Cheeks Bakery and La Rancherita
  • Face painting and Kid’s Tattoos
  • Entertainment by Totally Otis from 3 pm – 5 pm
  • KIX 102.9 FM will be doing a Live Remote from noon – 2 pm
  • Kids games and activities
  • Special Savings incentives!


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