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Habitat for Humanity ReStore - The Affordable Alternative

Updated on September 5, 2014

Affordable Habitat for Humanity ReStores

The ReStores may be one of non-profit Habitat for Humanity's lesser known "secrets". Monies from all donated goods and materials sold at ReStores are used to help Habitat fund their house building projects. Buying there enables customers to contribute to others and help themselves to significant savings at the same time.

Huge discounts are available at all Habitat for Humanity ReStores. Anyone who is into DIY and saving money on home improvement projects should visit their local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Run, don't walk!!!

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

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Affordable Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Affordable Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Habitat ReStore Stock

What you see is what you get.

Make sure you don't miss any bargains. Because of the nature of donations, the stock is constantly changing. Ask whether your local ReStore has a sign up list for email notifications. You'll find many ReStores also have a Facebook page.

Find their Facebook page and sign up. A heads up notice can give you an advantage if you're looking for particular building materials, hardware or supplies.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

ReStore Shopping List

turn buckles

36" exterior door

hardware section - see what's new

paint and stain

salvage dept. - old-fashioned pane windows or a transom window

metal washers

painters putty

liquid nails

new lighting

building materials




much, much more.....

Habitat ReStore Searcy AK
Habitat ReStore Searcy AK

Affordable ReStores

How can they sell so cheap?

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are VERY affordable. Building materials are donated from local contractors, local hardware and home improvement stores and regular consumers like myself. Perhaps you've also donated in the past?

In addition, many of the workers at ReStores are volunteers.The stores themselves are usually housed in a warehouse building with concrete flooring. Plain shelving and no-frills, low maintenance is the norm. All this contributes to ensuring you get some really good bargains. (Which makes you keep coming back for more.) Win, win for everybody.

(Photo courtesy Searcy, AK ReStore)

Al: Didn't you study the manual at all?

Tim: A real man doesn't need a manual.

-Home Improvement

ReStore Hardware Bargains
ReStore Hardware Bargains

ReStore Treasures

Inventory changes quickly; check back often.

Shelves at ReStores hold whatever has been donated. Doors, windows, appliances, paint, wood trim, tile, various flooring, hardware, hand and power tools, electrical and plumbing fixtures, sinks, tubs, showers, name it. Your ReStore will probably have it in some shape or form at any given time. The trick is checking back often as inventory changes quickly.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen Redo Using Habitat's ReStore Building Materials - BHG knows a good thing!

BHG Use of Building Materials from Habitat ReStore
BHG Use of Building Materials from Habitat ReStore

BHG designers recognize and use good things when they see them. This kitchen redo was done with building materials purchased at a local Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

Among the many tips in the article, they suggest taking advantage of whatever shades of wood flooring is available to create the mosaic flooring pictured. This is a great idea because the current stock at each ReStore is in direct relation to the donations taken in by each individual store. In short, if you see it, better grab it now.

(Photo credit BHG website)

Habitat ReStore Windows in Storage Shed
Habitat ReStore Windows in Storage Shed

Bargain Windows Found For Outdoor Storage Shed

Local Habitat for Humanity ReStore Find!

We purchased two brand new louvered windows for our DIY outdoor storage shed at our local ReStore for $30 each! They are a little odd sized at nearly 5 ft long x 1 ft high, but these fit perfectly into our storage shed design. The window placement takes advantage of our tradewinds to allow a nice crossflow of air.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Habitat ReStore
Habitat ReStore

Find a Habitat For Humanity ReStore Near You

There are a total of 700 Habitat for Humanity ReStores in the U.S. 48 of the 50 United States have ReStores (including Alaska and Hawaii). As of June 2011, the two states currently without ReStores are North Dakota and West Virginia (according to the latest list on the ReStore website).

There are 60 Habitat for Humanity ReStores in Canada.

Use this directory to locate a ReStore near you.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Super Sliders Round Movers for Furniture on Carpeted Surfaces – Reusable – 16 Pack – 3½-inch Diameter
Super Sliders Round Movers for Furniture on Carpeted Surfaces – Reusable – 16 Pack – 3½-inch Diameter

These handy movers can help a true DIYer do it themselves if there is no one available to help during a move. TIP: I use these sliders permanently under a few of our bigger furniture pieces. Now when I need to clean behind the buffet or bedroom dresser, I can do it easily myself.


What's the best bargain you've found at a Habitat for Humanity ReStore? - Entice us, make us jealous......what have you found?

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      Frischy 3 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I found a ceiling fan for 10 bucks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for this great lens! HFH is one of the best non-profits around!

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      Angela F 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I found bubble gum shaped/colored drawer pulls for 10 CENTS ea. Added them to a shutter I painted white and created a scarf and accessories wall-hanger-thingy. ;P

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      Joan Haines 6 years ago

      I bought a huge 4x3 wood framed bulletin board in excellent condition for $15. It's installed in the hallway outside my fifth grade classroom.

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      E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      Brand new fluorescent lights for half price.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I found some small items at a ReStore. Can't remember specifics but they were bargains for sure!

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      skefflingecho 6 years ago from Tobermory Ontario

      We got an nice big old wooden door for our chicken coop! We live in the country and the nearest Habitat for Humanity store is 45 minutes away, we stop in at the one (not as often as I'd like) and hour and 15 minutes away and another further than that! They are great for us on the farm and nice to know we are helping others.

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      bossypants 6 years ago

      I am so excited! A Restore just opened in our area and I would never have thought to check it out if I hadn't read this lens. So fun. We haven't made a purchase there, yet, but I know it will be calling to us, again!

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      poutine 6 years ago

      I should give it a look.

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      hsschulte 6 years ago

      I'd never heard of the ReStore, but after reading this, I googled it and saw there is one just a few miles from me! I bet others would love to have a link to the store locator here: What a wonderful lens! Thank you.

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      TravelingRae 6 years ago

      A nice cabinet for putting over the washing machine (back when I had a house).

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      Frischy 6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      You have convinced me. I need to check this out. Thanks!

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      bossypants 6 years ago

      What a terrific find! Who doesn't love a bargain? And, to know you're supporting a worthy cause makes it even sweeter!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I did not even know of this, but wow! what a great find. Thank you for sharing.