Wednesday, December 7, 2011

ReStore by Habitat for Humanity

 My husband and I decided to go check out our area Habitat for Humanity ReStore in search of some items that could be used for the ice fishing house he is building with a buddy. We knew the store has been there for a while, but there just hasn't been any project that warranted a trip here.

There are Habitat ReStores all over the United States and Canada.  There may even be one in other locations not listed, as is the case with the one near us. It's not on the list online, but one does exist and they have the same logo signage that appears on the website.

Here, you can see a row of sinks available for purchase. Things were individually priced and most were items that were donated, but there are new things available.
And you might be surprised by some of the things you find there, like this 4-in-1 crib that converts to a toddler bed, daybed & full-size bed. We bought this.

If there are any family reading this, don't get excited thinking we needed a new crib (since the old one was a drop-side), what we needed was a full-size bed for when we converted my son's bedroom from a nursery to his big boy room in a year. Yes, we do have to store it in the rafters in the garage for a year, but we found a full-size headboard and foot board that was a nice thick wood and appropriate for a growing boy at a very good price.

The items at the ReStore are all donated or are surplus from building projects and the profits go to fund LOCAL Habitat construction. How great is that! You get supplies at discounted prices and the money is used to help local families get in to affordable housing.

Even if you don't have a project you are working on and need supplies, there might be building and decorative fixtures that you have collecting dust that you can donate, which is exactly where we will donate the ceiling fan we plan to replace in my son's room (currently it is a very feminine ceiling fan that he may not appreciate as he gets older.)

One last thing - especially if you are local to me - our ReStore was selling single boxed NIP CFL light bulbs for 75-cents each. What a deal! I have not seen them cheaper.



How were the prices at your store? The one in GB, I thought, was kind of pricey. They also didn't have as much as I've read that other people have seen at the Restores in their areas.

MomofTwo said...

I didn't look at a lot of prices because I wasn't looking to buy much, more just browsing what they had. I got a good price on the headboard & footboard and I thought the new CFLs were a good price. DH was looking at window & doors for the fish house, so he might be able to comment on those prices. They were definitly willing to deal, as they were asking more than we paid for it.