Brown County Habitat for Humanity starts selling household items

NEW ULM – Because a number of items have recently been sold to consumers, Brown County Habitat for Humanity is looking for donated items to add to its inventory at New Ulm Storage.

Executive Director Sarah Rotering said the organization sells new or slightly used household items to raise funds for new home construction and exterior home repairs.

“I just sold two full kitchen cabinet sets, a bathroom vanity for $100 and two wooden doors for $10 each,” she said. “But we’re always looking for more donations and warehouse space. We’ll take just about anything except clothing, shoes or small appliances.”

Items for sale at less than retail prices can be found on Facebook and Craigslist by searching for “Brown County Habitat For Humanity.” Appointments to look at items for sale can be made by calling the Habitat For Humanity office at 507-354-4287 or e-mailing

As of last Thursday, Habitat for Humanity’s inventory included a double bathroom sink, aluminum windows, wooden doors, a file cabinet and vinyl flooring. Rotering said she’d sell the double sink, which is like new, for $50.

Rotering said the organization is always looking for more cabinets, vanities, windows, doors, furniture, light fixtures, carpet, paint, large appliances and other household goods.

All funds raised in Brown County stay in Brown County, Rotering said. Donations are tax deductible.

The organization is also looking for a better name for its Facebook page which can be found at The public is asked to “like” the page and post a comment with a suggested new name. All contributions will be entered in a drawing for a $25 Target gift card. Contestants must “like” the page to be included in the drawing.

A non-profit organization, Brown County Habitat for Humanity provides affordable housing with new construction and housing rehabilitation to low-income families within a 15-mile radius of Brown County. Families in need can visit, click on the application button and fill out a form and mail or e-mail it to the office in New Ulm.

A Brush With Kindness Program focuses on painting, minor exterior repairs, landscaping and exterior cleanup of homes. A new construction program is for families unable to qualify for conventional loans but need to upgrade their current substandard or inadequate housing. Partners must provide “sweat equity” to qualify for the program.

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at

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