Finding Her Style: Visiting the Clothing Section w/ Wecho Barnes

What do you look for in a consignment store? For some, this could be donating to a worthy cause, agreeing with an organization’s mission statement, finding unique trinkets or even meeting other customers. 

Everyone has their specific need when entering the Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity Store. For many, this includes being able to donate and shop for clothing items.

According to Cashier Wecho Barnes, “We started the clothing part of the Store in September of 2017 because we noticed how many people wanted to donate clothing, so when the office relocated, we used that space to make the clothing section.” 

As a non-profit organization, it is important to meet the needs and demands of the community, both in the Store and in other programs. After this section was developed by Barnes and other staff members, she explains she began to work primarily in this section while also helping in the houseware area when needed.

“My favorite section in the Store is definitely the clothing section because I’m always adding cool finds to my ever-growing wardrobe.” There are so many items constantly entering the shelves that even Habitat employees such as Barnes can’t help but join in on the shopping.

She adds, “I’m always seeing nice donations come in; my personal favorite clothing find I [have] bought is an extra-large, long-sleeve, button-up shirt with different animal tracks on it. My favorite accessory I bought is a beautiful pair of long feather earrings.”

There are always a variety of items that grace the shelves of the Habitat Store — even some designer labels. “[Over] the years, we’ve seen lots of cool things — vintage clothes and toys and sometimes jewelry. We sometimes get brand new items, as well as name brand items,” says Barnes.

The Habitat Store is a major success not only for the organization but also for the community. Each employee has the opportunity to provide for others and uphold Habitat’s mission to provide the people of Kittitas County with affordable housing, everyday. 

“My favorite part of working at Habitat is how accomplished I feel at the end of the day,” explains Barnes. “A hard day’s work for me — pricing and selling donations — is a step closer to getting a family into a home they can afford and call their own.”

Every donation and purchase from the Habitat clothing section (among others) is a step closer to continuing to provide adequate shelter and resources for the community. Barnes finalizes, “The amazing part of having the clothing section is now we have a place for people to shop for affordable clothing in our community!”

To visit our clothing section, head to 212 S. Railroad Avenue, Ellensburg, WA 98926.