I know you have heard of the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store, it’s a place that has been popping up in towns all over the US lately. I remember loving Habitat for Humanity since high school when they built a house down the street from me for a family that couldn’t afford one. I dreamed of being able to volunteer and give back to the community and thought “That’s a great idea. Getting volunteers to help build homes, un-used items from old buildings (mixed with some new items) to make a new home for someone that can appreciate it.” And now there’s a store you can shop at to buy things to fix up YOUR house at a lower cost, items that were pulled out of places being remodeled, torn down, and or upgraded.
According to the site: “ReStore resale outlets accept donated goods which are sold to the general public at a fraction of the retail price. The proceeds help local Habitat affiliates fund the construction of Habitat homes within their communities.” I can get behind that. They also promote re-cycling old use-able goods, being environmentally and socially responsible.
I visited the Green Bay Re-Store yesterday and was amazed by all they had, and wanted to take it all home and find a place to put it all. Then I remembered I live in an apartment, and can’t use the cabinets, trim and tile. But I know a few home owners that can, and took mental pictures of all of the goodies in the store.
Here’s some things I didn’t know they had:
- joist hangers
- switch plate covers
- light fixtures
- trim and molding
- bay windows
- tile, and grout- $5 for a 5 gallon bucket
- vintage bathroom vanities
- bar sinks with gold swan neck faucets
- exit signs (a ton)
- scraps of wood and laminate floors (great for repairing)
- sheets of vinyl flooring
- musical organ. (sadly it was sold)
- desks and file drawers from an old city building
The list goes on and on. I would HIGHLY recommend checking out your local Re-Store if you are a home owner, maybe you’ll get motivated to do an old home project when you see how little money you are spending. I would even suggest volunteering some time on a day you have off. You might meet some cool people.