The Quincy Habitat for Humanity Thrift Store has reopened for customers after being temporarily closed due to COVID-19.
In reopening, they are requiring face coverings in the store. The habitat has some face coverings they can provide for those who do not have one so that they do not have to turn anyone away. They are also limiting the customer capacity to 10 people at a time.
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., customers can look through a wide range of items. From clothes, to furniture to household items, the thrift store has a little bit of everything for incredibly low prices.
“We need volunteers,” said Luella Maine, store manager of the Quincy Habitat for Humanity. Since reopening, the Quincy Habitat for Humanity is facing some difficulty with having enough volunteers to staff the store and sort through donations. They have lost a majority of volunteers due to the worry around COVID-19, said Maine. She estimated that they now have only a third of their volunteers they had before the pandemic.
All profits made at the thrift store go toward purchasing land and building houses for families who apply and meet certain pre-set requirements established by Habitat for Humanity.
The Quincy Habitat has been able to build a house every other year. They serve the Soap Lake, Ephrata, Quincy and George areas. The current obstacle they face is finding affordable property to build on as well as combating the rising price of land and materials to build the houses.
Locally, Walmart and the Quincy Valley Chamber of Commerce have been large supporters of the Habitat for Humanity, Maine said.
The Quincy Habitat has also had issues with illegal dumping of trash and unusable donations, Maine mentioned, so they are finding themselves financially responsible to have it hauled off to the landfill.