The Habitat for Humanity Store in Ferndale has been experiencing a boom lately, so it came as a bit of a surprise to Habitat
for Humanity in Whatcom County’s executive director John Moon to learn that many people thought the store had closed.
“We discovered through discussions with customers who came into the store that many people thought we had closed the store altogether, which couldn’t be further from the truth,” he said.
Moon said in fact the store has been busier than ever.
“Our pickup and delivery trucks are on the road now five days a week, which is really exciting news for us because it means more people are donating items than ever before,” said Nate King, publicist for Habitat’s Whatcom County chapter.
Habitat for Humanity, one of the best-known and most successful nonprofit organizations in the world, helps underprivileged
families get a fresh start by putting them into custom-built, low-cost housing.
The Habitat for Humanity Store provides low-cost furnishings, décor and home essentials to the public, while using the proceeds to help fund habitat projects in Bellingham, Blaine and the rest of Whatcom County.
The store itself has over 10,000 square feet of new and used items, ranging from hand-crafted antiques to modern day kitchen appliances, most of which sell for around 50 percent of retail value. The store also offers a wide range of building materials, vintage paintings and even the occasional piece of handcrafted furniture donated by local artisans.
“With all these gracious donors, we never know what we will see come through our doors,” King said.
As of June, Habitat has built 35 homes in Whatcom County, housing more than 150 people. The homes are provided for a simple down payment of $500, and provide a mortgage with a 0 percent interest rate. The store offers free home delivery on any purchases of $250 or more.
The Ferndale Habitat for Humanity Store, located at 1385 Admiral Place, is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Habitat’s Whatcom County chapter also runs a Habitat Store in Bellingham, located at 1825 Cornwall Avenue and open the same hours.