Has anyone here used the Habitat for Humanity ReStore?
Just discovered one is in our area now. It is a 40 mile drive round
trip, so I thought I would ask before I drive. I see they take
donations and I have some gently used things from around the house I
Experience at the store? Prices, variety, etc...
"I didnt say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you."
I have gotten a lot of good things from the two stores that are about the
same distance from us in Ohio. Sometime you get real good prices, and
sometimes not. Depends on how bad you want it and how much you know about
the retail etc. After all it is for a good cause and if you can use what
they got, then it is a good deal. Our stores will accept donations of about
everything except paint because people were just bringing in junk to get
rid of it instead of good paint. Give it a try, I like them
I work with Habitat regularly. It's my pet project.
During the last week we took a house from a slab to weathered in (walls,
roof, windows, doors, house wrap). I recommend it for everyone. If nothing
else, you'll get free valuable training on how to build a house. If you
have no skills when you show up, you'll have them when you leave.
The ReStore takes gently used materials as donations and resells them to
raise money for the build projects. The prices at the one in Fort Worth
are very reasonable -- comparable to what I see at places like Lumber
Liquidators (except that most of the stuff is used). They tell me that
their best customers are landlords looking for stuff to fix their rental
There are three Habitat Stores within driving distance of my house.
I've donated useful stuff and seen useful stuff in each.
It is a good cause. The folks who buy have to put in several hundred
hours work and pay a mortgage.
Volunteering is fun too. Work can be more or less efficient depending
on the Construction Manager.
There is one in Gurnee Il.
You used to be able to get cabs for $10 each no matter what
the condition. Now it's extremly close to full price. Same goes
for light fixtures, ceiling fans, and a few other items. It has lately
turned out to be a big disapointment. Hope the other are better.
Eh. Depends on site, depends on current donations- like any thrift store,
only good way to tell is go and look. I hit the one here (Battle Creek, MI)
every month or so, but usually walk out empty-handed. Some of the stuff they
have had on display should have gone directly to landfill, like nasty
furniture, delaminated cabinets, etc. But they occasionally have some great
things, like unused solid core door slabs suitable for work tables for 20
bucks. The best stuff is usually from when some other store or
industrial/governmental 'greenshirt' shop cleans out <their> back room, and
hauls it off to the ReStore instead of the dump. Most of the
individually-donated ripout material seems to be pretty well trashed out,
either because it was de-installed less than carefully, or because it was
simply shot, which is why most people replace things.
But I'm not dissing them- good organization, hearts in the right place, etc.
I just think that if they were a little choosier at what they put IN the
store, and sorted it out better, they might get a lot more repeat customers,
and make more money. <I> go mainly for recreation, when there are no good
auctions. Somebody doing repairs for a living, well, time is money. If he
has to spend an hour going through window rack to find that one matching
orphan storm window panel, just to save 20 bucks, replacing the entire storm
window with a cheapie from the borg starts to look pretty good. In and out
in five minutes, and he KNOWS the borg will have it in stock.
You are wrong. I bought a doz new door weather strips (plastic $1, aluminum
$1.50, HD sell them for more than $6.00ea). I also bought two new cast iron
vanity sink for $25ea. These are left over from project or remodeling by
contractors or home owners. I bought only what I need and I can use on my house
rather than paying many time more at Home Centers or hardware stores.
Read what I wrote again- I said RIPOUT material donated by individuals, not
project leftovers. Unused half-boxes and roll ends of stuff are fine, if it
is a style you need, and there is enough for your project. Ripout material
refers to USED stuff, not leftover NEW stuff. Used cabinets and doors and
plumbing fixtures or light fixtures and such can be fine, if they are in
good condition and removed and transported carefully. Most DIYs do not seem
to be able to do that. And as I noted, most people do not replace stuff
unless it is worn out- if they replace stuff on a whim just to change the
style, they are probably rich enough to HAVE it done, and it never gets near
a ReStore in the first place. (Most contractors won't take the time to haul
it down there, unless the owner tells them to and pays for the extra time
and labor.) Good to hear the DIYs and contractors in your area seem to be
better than the ones here, on that score.
I am sure you are not that stupid, not every store sells the same items. If you
live in the SF Bay Areas, you might wanna go to the store in Oakland at San
Leando and buy the same vanity sink marked up price is $65 and I bargain to $25.
Beside, they have boxes and shelves of woodworking hardware's, hinges, knobs.
cocking, electrical switches, etc.... and they are new! In a Midwest store, they
thousand of new various water hammer arrester for $1. This store has stacks of
new floor tiles, cabinets' doors, vanity tops and used kitchen sinks blah, blah,
Habitats' stores are not for the lazy rich homeowner. It's for DIY, who wanna
buy items (new or used) found in Home Centers at a fraction of the price. It's
for people who believe in recycling someone new trash.
Exactly. But that is the implication of your last post when you told
another poster he was wrong. You cannot make blanket statements when local
stores have different items from local sources on a daily basis.
Our store here (up in Edmonton, Canada) is pretty weak, generally a
lot of junky stuff, plenty of overstock items that haven't been
selling in the hardware store, usually for obvious reasons. There is
one private store that has the same concept, but they are more
selective (although, in fairness, I think they actually pay for at
least some of their inventory).
Good luck, though, hopefully your experience is better.
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