Habitat ReStores are retail outlets where quality, used, and surplus building materials are sold at a fraction of normal prices. Proceeds from ReStores help local affiliates fund the construction of Habitat houses within the community. Many affiliates across the United States and Canada operate successful ReStores, some of which raise enough funds to build an additional 10 or more houses per year. The first ReStore was opened in Austin, TX.
Materials sold by Habitat ReStores are usually donated from building supply stores, contractors, demolition crews, and from individuals who wish to show their support for Habitat. In addition to raising funds, ReStores help the environment by rechanneling good, usable materials back into use.
The ReStore opened for business in June 1997. At the time, it was the third ReStore in the Habitat Central States region. The other two were located in Austin and Fort Worth, Texas. After initial minor modifications to the store space, it was opened on Friday the 13th. In 2002, we moved to our current location at 3763 Forest Park Avenue.
One of the first things the ReStore staff noticed was that the same customers kept coming back week after week. They were intrigued by what the ReStore had to offer and since everything in the store was donated and had to be brought into the space on a daily basis, they found themselves coming back frequently in order to be able to catch the best items. The old adage "one person's trash is another person's treasure" couldn't be more true of the ReStore.
As the years have gone by, the ReStore's staff has had more success connecting with commercial donors who can supply large quantities of like materials so the mix of merchandise keeps getting better and better. But that same adage still applies - if you want it, buy it today, because it may not be there tomorrow, and we never know when or if we'll have it again.