I made a trip to our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore yesterday. If you’re not familiar with Habitat for Humanity, it’s a charity that gives thousands of low-income families new hope in the form of affordable housing. People in need of housing work alongside volunteers from churches, and community groups to build their own home and in the process tackle a significant social problem―decent housing for all.
The ReStore offers salvaged materials for sale to the public that were donated by construction companies and homeowners. They also have a small amount of new products like flooring, cabinetry and countertops that businesses donate which are usually overstocked or discontinued.
They have cabinet units that are still intact but they also have loose doors. If you wanted new doors for a bathroom unit or an island it would definitely be worth looking here first. Doors also make great chalkboards, bulletin boards and serving trays.
The ReStore has a ton of lighting. They have a lot of hanging lights, but they also carry fan blades, sconces, lamps and a big assortment of replacement parts. When you look at lighting, try to remember that you can always paint over metal, so if that 70’s brass doesn’t row your boat you can always change the color.
AHH! The toilet graveyard. A lot of the toilets here look brand new. It seems to me that a lot of what gets donated to the ReStore are standard products from homes that are upgrading to The Assmaster 5000. If you haven’t upgraded yet, I highly recommend it.
You could easily replace your flooring with products from the ReStore. They have loose tile like this, but they have a large amount of tile still in the boxes. That goes for wood flooring as well. They also have wood moldings and baseboards as well as random granite pieces and bathroom tile. A lot of these products haven’t been used but are probably project leftovers.
Sometimes the ReStore gets odd things in like this organ. This reminded me of what my mom used to say whenever she came across something ugly or useless. She’d say, “Well, I need two of those………one to crap on, and one to cover it up with.”
If you have a Habitat for Humanity ReStore near you I highly recommend you check it out. There’s a lot more there than I have shown and it’s definitely cheaper than buying new. To top it off, all the money goes to Habitat for Humanity to help them build more homes. Also remember to call them when you’re remodeling. They’ll come to your house and pick up anything salvageable like windows, doors, toilets and cabinetry. Do what you can to keep this stuff from going in the landfill. The stuff you’re tired of can be just the thing someone else is looking for.