Habitat Happenings

Meet us Monday: Chris Sykes

This post is part of a series to help you get to know the many faces at the Habitat Wake ReStores. Check back every other Monday to meet a new face and read a little about the people who make up our great team. 
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Name and Title
: Chris Sykes, Fuquay Assistant Store Manager

Home town:
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Current town:
Raleigh, North Carolina

When did you start working at Habitat Wake? 
July 14th 2015

What is your favorite thing about working for Habitat?
Finally having a job where I feel like I actually make a difference in the community. I absolutely love getting to know our volunteers and customers on a daily basis.

What does your typical work day look like?
Chaos! But man do I love it! From open to close I’m in constant motion. Receiving donations, helping customers, working with volunteers and community service members to get tasks done. All of it is pretty much non stop. But at the end of the day, I sleep like a baby.

What do you do in your spare time?

I spend pretty much all of my free time with my girlfriend Crystal. We love to disappear on over night trips to the beach, mountains, and everywhere in between. However, we love camping in the woods just as much as crashing on the couch. That said, we do love having our friends over for cook outs and party’s, many of whom also work for Habitat.
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Chris and Crystal


Do you have any pets or children?

We have two dogs. Moses is a border collie mix who’s coming up on 9 years this April. And we just added Lady, our year old yellow lab.

What are three items on your bucket list?
1. Take a camper across the US, stopping at all of our favorite parks and forests.
2. Attend the next Super Bowl the Pittsburgh Steelers are in.
3. Build us a cabin tucked somewhere far up in the mountains.

Favorite movie line:
“Rule number 76. No excuses. Play like a champion” – Vince Vaughn in Wedding Crashers

Favorite piece you’ve seen or purchased in the ReStore:
The best thing I’ve ever bought from Habitat would have to be this Purple brand queen mattress for our guest room. The couple had only slept on it for two nights and it was a steal for 80 bucks. Now, when I’m banished from the bedroom for snoring, I still get a great nights sleep!
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Chris and Crystal 10 years ago!

Silent Auction at Glenwood Store

The Glenwood Store is hosting an ongoing silent auction for two weeks. During this time, customers can come in and bid on unique items.

Note! This auction ends Friday, February 24th at 5:30pm.

Date: Friday, February 10 – Friday, February 24
Location: 8009 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh

The nitty gritty:

  • You must come into the store to make your bids in person. None will be accepted over the phone, online, or via social media.
  • To bid, first register for a bidder number by filling out a quick form.
  • Once you have your bidder number in hand, bid away! Please be mindful of minimum increases. You can bid as many times as you want and on as many different pieces as you want.
  • When the auction concludes we will contact the winners to please come pay and collect their pieces within two business days.
  • All proceeds benefit Habitat Wake’s mission to build affordable homes in Wake County. We appreciate your support!

 

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#1 Rocking Horse
Starting bid: $14
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#2 Green Vase
Starting bid: $3

#3 Antique Kettle
Starting bid: $3
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#4 Vintage plate set
Starting bid: $10
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#5 Hummel Figurine
Starting bid: $20
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#6 Vintage Camera
Starting bid: $20
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#7 Card catalog (donated from Meredith College!)
Starting bid: $1000
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#8 Antique Vanity
Starting bid: $80
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#10 Woven Lantern
Starting bid $5
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#11 Cane Chair
Starting bid $15
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#12 Art Deco Lamp
Starting bid: $100
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#13 Gold brushed lamp
Starting bid: $10
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#14 Midcentury Chair
Starting bid: $15
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#15 Framed North Carolina 24 cent bill
Starting bid: $10
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#16 Framed Alabama 50 cent bill
Starting bid: $20
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#17 Unframed NC $1 bill
Starting bid: $8
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#18 Framed 1914 Debtor’s Note
Starting bid: $10
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#19 Ron Burgundy Cutout
Starting bid: $5
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#20 Vintage Sewing Machine
Starting bid: $35
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#22 Gold Metal Table (made in Italy)
Starting bid: $10
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$23 Wood Kitchen Cart
Starting bid: $15
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#24 Framed Roman Print
Starting bid: $20
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#25 Vintage Movie Projector
Starting bid: $15
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#26 Chelsea Brass Clock
Starting bid: $50
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Meet us Monday: Natalie Chesson

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Natalie on a deconstruction project for Habitat Wake.

 

Name and Title: Natalie Chesson, Restore Director

Home town: Winston-Salem, NC

Current town: Raleigh, NC

When did you start working at Habitat Wake? December, 2002

What is your favorite thing about working for Habitat? The mission first, and then all the great people I’ve worked with over the years, from staff to volunteers — it’s a great, loving and supportive environment. Plus, I continually realize that most of these people are like-minded, with a passion to serve and make a positive  impact in our communities.

What does your typical work day look like? Meetings and developing plans for expansions. which leads to hiring new staff, setting goals, reporting on financial numbers

What do you do in your spare time? Yoga, rock climbing with my daughter and a few ReStore staff members,  going to movies with the Husband, gym with Cathryn, and would love to start hiking again (with Shanna). 

Do you have any pets or children? 13 year old daughter, Jasmine and two dogs, Lucky and Otis. Also a husband, Daniel.

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Jasmine, Natalie’s daughter, rock climbing.

Favorite meal: Kale, sweet potatoes, roasted beets with raisins, butternut squash soup with quinoa (I’m a vegetarian)

Favorite sport (to play or to watch, or both): I don’t watch or play sports. I enjoy yoga and rock climbing, neither are team sports

What are three items on your bucket list?

  1.  Hike to bottom of grand canyon and stay in the cabins at the bottom for a night, then hike up the next day.
  2. Yoga retreat with Deepak Chopra in Costa Rica
  3. See Hamilton in NYC

Dream vacation: Tour around Europe for a month, stopping at all the historic sites and taking guided tours in Italy, France, Greece, Switzerland, Germany, etc… maybe even a Viking Cruise if it’s a later time in my life.

Do you have any strange hidden talents? Do crazy yoga moves count? I can stand on my head or forearms for an extended amount of time and I am a yoga instructor.

Favorite place to take out-of-town guests in the Triangle: NC  Museum of Science

Favorite piece you’ve seen or purchased in the ReStore:  I did not purchase this, but loved the two kit homes that were around 800 square feet and circular like a yurt home. Our deconstruction team dismantled them at lest 5 years ago. I had great dreams about purchasing this yurt, and planned to re-assemble it on the wooded lot by my home and turn into a yoga studio, but they both sold for $20,000 to a customer in South Carolina.

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Otis and Lucky.

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