It's possible that the best-kept secret in Portales has been hiding in plain sight for the last five years: Habitat for Humanity's ReStore, which operates from the confines of an old commercial garage at 308 North Main.
Monty Porter, an affable man with a heart for his community and an encyclopedic memory, manages the store which, as the name implies, resells donated items to the public. On a recent visit, I found everything from crutches to doorbells, and file cabinets to fences. Monty says his most popular items are doors, windows and "little things people need to finish projects."
Brand new items are marked at 50 percent of retail; used items are sold for less, depending on condition. All proceeds go straight to Habitat for Humanity to help the nonprofit's quest to provide decent, affordable housing for folks with limited means.
The North Main property has restricted space (a larger location is on a far horizon), but Monty uses his 20 years of experience in Naval logistics to pack every inch of it. He's also got merchandise "pigeon-holed all over Portales."
Looking for something in particular? Monty can probably find it, and he even maintains a wish list. Give him a call at 356-8250, or drop by 3-6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, or 9 a.m-3 p.m. Saturdays.
Betty Williamson loves treasure-hunting and believes she just found one. You may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.