ReStories

On Tuesdays Som Tamang often works behind the ReStore register. He's a Habitat future homeowner working to build 500 sweat equity hours.

He's half way there. At the end of April Som and his wife, Basanti, hit the 250 mark, and they've only been at it since February.

When warmer weather coaxes tulips and daffodils to emerge, sprucing up the homestead and spring cleaning take the top slots on many to-do lists.

You may not often see Karen Nicola in the ReStore, but she’s there, working hard four days each week. She’s kept busy in the Washington County ReStore warehouse pricing "littles’"- hardware and basically anything that isn’t large like furniture.

One thing you need to know about Jaime Pericás is that he’s interested in asking questions. Perhaps that’s the norm for a philosophy student who has spent much of his life so far studying, analyzing and becoming a critical thinker.

It’s easy enough to spot store manager Danny Dunn. He’s the one in the colorful hardhat. Today it’s a brilliant red one. His fashion forward haircut and large plastic wood-grain charcoal-rimmed glasses also set him apart.

Fifty-seven miles worth of trim! If you lined up the 60 or so loads of trim WestPac has donated to The ReStore over the past 7 months, it would go roughly 57 miles.

If you’ve donated or shopped at the Washington County ReStore, you’ve probably met warehouse supervisor Demarcus Stephens. His ready smile and enthusiasm for getting things done fairly and efficiently are some of the reasons he’s so popular among ReStore visitors and staff.

DIY projects take on a decidedly feminine cast when Amanda Bachelder takes out her paint brush and drop cloth. Amanda scours thrift stores, estate sales and The ReStore to bring home raw materials, used furniture and various design elements for her DIY projects.

At a very early age, Nicholas Chandler took the adventures of Louis L'Amour to heart and followed it down a path that led him--at 16--onto a freight train heading for Chicago. 

"You were brave," I said.

 "Yeah, sometimes it's just a mistake," he laughs. “Not so brave.”

At a very early age, Nicholas Chandler took the adventures of Louis L'Amour to heart and followed it down a path that led him--at 16--onto a freight train heading for Chicago. 

"You were brave," I said.

 "Yeah, sometimes it's just a mistake," he laughs. “Not so brave.”

Bundled in with homework tablets and yellow pencils, students in Vancouver and Evergreen ISD are taking food home to their families.

“If we know exactly where we're going, exactly how to get there, and exactly what we'll see along the way, we won't learn anything.” -- M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled.

On October 1, the ReStore lost a great friend. Gordon Alan Eastman spent his whole life working with his hands.

She speaks softly and carries a big stick - No, I mean, she carries a big crowbar. But just how did Salvage Service supervisor Michelle Elmquist turn into such a powerhouse deconstructionist? Let's take it back to her college days.

It was bound to happen. With one, two, then threeReStores -- and a fourth on the horizon -- it was easy to see that help was needed.

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