Re-Store: Hidden Treasure


Habitat for Humanity Re-Store. Like a home improvement store on a mission.

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.

Habitat home in Birmingham, Alabama.

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.

Trust me, there's a treasure in there. Look at that pedestal sink! Click on image for link to it's home.

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.

I know all this image proves is that gold is out of style... but imagine painting one of these a great shade of dark bronze, and making a new shade for it. Amazing!
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
So much trim and lumber!

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.

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One thought on “Re-Store: Hidden Treasure

  1. I volunteer in the fan and lighting section of my local Habitat, and make semi-yearly trips to stores across the state to see what they have. It is truly an amazing concept, and there are some GREAT things to be had for very little $$$. I started volunteering in the store near me, after months of shopping as a regular customer.

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