By Kathy Yanchus
Rescued and Restored – a bargain hunter’s paradise – has expanded its Freelton showroom.
The used furniture warehouse, a fund-raising vehicle for Drummond House, was created two years ago as a practical means of using supplemental furniture donations to the transitional home for women and children.
Today, the A-frame building which is located on the site of the Freelton Antique Mall, encompasses 6,800 square feet, more than double its previous size and attracts customers from well outside the Flamborough area.
With 100 gallons of paint, a vision by Drummond’s board of directors and the contracting skills of Mark Powell of Powell Custom Fabrications, what was once an old chicken barn is now a bright, cavernous three-level showroom.
Previously, the charity occupied only the basement of the building, below the dilapidated upper barn, before making the decision to invest funds to boost the size of its showroom. The cost-sharing project with the building’s landlord, who ensured the building was structurally sound, took several months to complete.
Such is the reputation of the charity, that there is never a shortage of donated items; there is a continuous turnover of inexpensive quality goods.
There are all styles and colours of couches, diningroom sets, bedroom sets, antiques, even pianos. There are also lamps, chairs, tables and an assortment of household items. With more space, Rescued and Restored now has an entire area dedicated to used books, as well as a clothing ‘boutique’, complete with spacious changeroom, both in the mezzanine. Art and mirrors, all for sale, line the walls.
“I call it my treasure-hunting place,” said Drummond House executive director Deb Tigchelaar.
Rescued and Restored is a sustainable source of revenue “which saves us hitting our donors over and over again,” she said.
“People are amazed by what we’ve done here,” said volunteer Nick Marusich. “It’s been very successful. We try to keep our prices down.”
The warehouse is completely run by volunteers and more are needed for a variety of tasks, he said.
Volunteer jobs include everything from sorting items to sales, and help with pickups and deliveries.
For free local pickup if you are donating large items, call 289-679-0481. Deliveries can also be arranged for a nominal fee.
Rescued and Restored is open Wednesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The charity is considering opening on Sundays as well because it is the busiest day at the Antique Mall, said Marusich.
For information on the showroom, or to volunteer, call 289-679-0481, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.rescuedandrestored.ca.