Habitat for Humanity clearance sale

By: Maddie Garrett Email
By: Maddie Garrett Email

SHERMAN, TX - Habitat for Humanity is doing a bit of spring cleaning of their Saturday morning, and it will not only offer hundreds of low-priced items to the community but also raise funds to build more Habitat for Humanity Homes.

Usually Alex Ragland can be found building a house for Habitat for Humanity on the weekends, but this Friday he's doing a different kind of heavy lifting.

"I’m just trying to get other people as motivated as I am to help out and get this thing going,” said Ragland, Austin College’s Habitat for Humanity Chapter President.

He's getting the warehouse ready for the first Habitat for Humanity clearance sale that will start early Saturday morning.

"The warehouse sale is really good because it's actually involving a lot more of the Sherman-Denison community where the houses are actually built,” said Ragland.

The sale is open to the public, and Habitat for Humanity says everyone can find a good deal on new and used items, all at least 50% off.

They’re selling everything from bathtubs and toilets, microwaves, doors, light fixtures and smaller hardware items, all for one reason or another can’t be used in the Habitat for Humanity Homes.

"Perhaps they're too large or they're not the right style, or they're too old and we have to use Energy Star appliances, that sort of thing,” explained Laurie Mealy, Executive Director of the Grayson County Habitat for Humanity.

Mealy said they don’t want the items to go to waste, and sometimes they just have too many of one thing. She said this is the first of more sales to come, and she believes it’s just another way they can give back to the community in more ways than one.

"We want to sell them, we don't want to put them in the landfill naturally, so we want to make them available to the public so they can have a great deal and we can build more houses with the funds that come in,” said Mealy.

The clearance sale starts at 8:00 a.m. Saturday in the warehouse located at 602 East Brockett Street in Sherman. All proceeds go right back into the Habitat for Humanity funds.

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  • by jon Location: denison on May 13, 2010 at 04:19 PM
    I admire what habitat for humanity does for Grayson county and other areas. from my understanding, new homeowners have to participate in the building of the new house or houses. How does the disabled like me who have MS qualify for something like this since we can't participate in building houses. thanks for the information in the comments. very informative.
  • by Sam Location: Sherman on May 7, 2010 at 12:42 AM
    I am disabled and on SSI income and I just purchased a home in sherman that was biult in 1920 it can use alot of work on it and would be glad for any donations you have such as windows screens siding (white) top mount kitchen sink deep out door porch lights I would be glad to take anything donated do to low income,contact me at 903 491-9236
  • by indianschool Location: choctaw,county on May 3, 2010 at 01:29 PM
    not hating ,,im not hating anything just like people being up front, national partnerships, ,families pay,$400 per month ,thats alot ,for some,cost about $55,thous,per home to be built, $120 thousasnd paid back can`t you add,jimmy swaggered was a christian i own my home there are thousands of empty homes why build when there are homes all ready empty,dumb a;;
  • by Bill Location: Southmayd on May 3, 2010 at 01:09 PM
    anon@may 1@11:14am, WE ALL give money to the government.Who then gives it to people who dont want to work.Still, this is a good deal,our local HH gets the money to help others.Now can we stop the cat fight?
  • by not hating Location: on my neighbor on May 3, 2010 at 12:02 PM
    Right indianaschool they do use goverment Grant programs but the materials and the actual building of the HOME is not goverment funded...do your homework and what is your problem? you have to be right or what? •"We accept government funds for infrastructure, utilities, capacity building or training, and house building. We accept these funds so long as they have no conditions that would violate Habitat’s principles or limit its ability to proclaim its Christian identity." OK DOES THAT ANSWER YOUR QUESTION SMARTY PANTS! if you want a house then go ask them if not then go get a life????
  • by Laurie Location: Grayson County on May 3, 2010 at 10:44 AM
    Hello, all. I wanted to clarify some information about Habitat for Humanity. We currently build two homes per year in Grayson County. Our funding comes from individuals, churches, businesses,local foundations, and fundraisers such as the sale on Saturday. We receive a small amount of money from national partnerships that Habitat for Humanity International has established. They are corporate, rather than government, partnerships. Most of our families pay about $400 per month for their homes, including taxes and insurance. The total cost for our homes is about $55,000, payable over 20-25 years at 0% interest. (The family selects the length of their note.) Although the taxes and insurance will probably go up over the lifetime of the loan, the principal payment never increases, regardless of income. In this county, homeowners make their payments directly to us. That is not the case in every county, and there is some variation from affiliate to affiliate, including funding sources.
  • by indianschool Location: choctaw,county on May 2, 2010 at 10:49 AM
    Mailing Address Habitat for Humanity Government Relations and Advocacy 1000 Vermont Ave, NW, Suite 1100 Washington, D.C. 20005,call them and ask if they are still partners with fed,loan bank, hud,little dixie,ask a home buyer who they send there monthly payments to ok smart guy
  • by indianschool Location: choctaw,county on May 2, 2010 at 09:05 AM
    anon, home work i was involved with the same program you need to do your home work it is a goverment program when home is ready to move in you do the rest of the paper work , they were set on 33 year loan paymeny based on income ,if you get a raise you pay more,check and see,,
  • by donna Location: whitewright on May 2, 2010 at 06:34 AM
    anonymus,i never indicated the funds would not go to habitat. i admire habitate and very much appreciate what they do. read the second to last sentence of the original artical. i was only expressing if all items were not sold are there are ever any excess items donate to other organizations rather than dispose of them. My intent was not to take away from habitat but perhaps help other organizations. Read the artical!
  • by Margaret Location: Ardmore,Oklahoma on May 1, 2010 at 09:28 PM
    I wish we had seen this before the sale had happened,is there anyway people can be told before the time of the sale by e-mail we would love to be told as we need so many things for our small house. Thank you very much
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