Hoping to jump start the spring season and home improvement projects, the Habitat for Humanity of Grayson County hosted its first "Home Improvement Sale" of the year on Saturday.

Hoping to jump start the spring season and home improvement projects, the Habitat for Humanity of Grayson County hosted its first "Home Improvement Sale" of the year on Saturday.


"We want to serve as many people as we can," Laurie Mealy, executive director for the county, said. "We offer inexpensive products to the community so they can fix up their own homes."


Browsing through the warehouse a customer could find a variety of materials that included plumbing, electrical, windows and doors, lighting and fans, appliances and furniture.


Aaron Walker drove an hour and a half to see if there would be any materials that he needed to update his home in Hugo, Okla.


"They got quite a bit of everything," Walker said. "We bought fittings, lightnings, and a door."


Organizers have been collecting information from visitors to make sure that they are notified about sales in the future. Visitors are asked for their zip code and how they heard about the sale so that the organizers can strengthen their communication with the community, Mealy said.


Walker said the Habitat for Humanity in Sherman is one of the closest locations for his family. He heard about the sale from his cousin who learned about the event via the Internet.


The money raised from the sale will fund construction materials for their build and repair programs, Mealy said. The funds also help keep the Habitat for Humanity trucks and trailers up-to-date and ready for service.


"I want people to know that Habitat is more than one thing. We’re not just a home builder and we’re not just in the business of selling things," Mealy said. "We’re in the business of serving the community by providing affordable housing in several ways. We build homes, we repair homes and we sell building products so people can do their own repairs."