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Habitat takes over Nice Twice

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By Dave Bell

Patrons who enjoyed shopping for discounted clothing and household items at the now-closed Nice Twice resale store in downtown Vandalia, will be happy to know that a similar store will open here next month.
To be operated by Fayette County Habitat For Humanity, the as-yet-unnamed store will open in the same location as Nice Twice, 418 W. Gallatin St. The former Nice Twice store was operated by Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois.    
“We’ll do some sprucing up before we open, but it will be very much like what Nice Twice was,” said Joyce Staff, who is serving as temporary manager of the store. “It will offer mainly clothing and household items, but we may have some building materials for sale, too.”
As soon as the store is painted, cleaned and prepared to serve the public, Habitat will begin accepting donated items, Staff said. The projected opening date is mid August. Volunteers are needed to prepare the store and staff it once it’s open. For information, call Staff at 283-1246.
The local Habitat for Humanity board was interested in the venture for two reasons, Staff said.
“First, a source of inexpensive clothing is needed in our community,” she said. “And second, it can serve as a fund-raising source for Habitat. This will be our money-maker; we won’t have to hold other fund-raising activities to have the money to buy materials for our homes.”
For years, the local habitat group worked in the concession stands at Busch Stadium in St. Louis to raise the necessary money. Staff said that such work was difficult, and was hard on their volunteers.
“This just fits with what we do. Habitat is a housing ministry, and this store meets the needs of many local families, too.”
Fayette County Habitat for Humanity is preparing to build its 14th house, with this one to be on Jefferson Street. The organization’s president is Sandra Leidner.