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Retail outlets where used and surplus building materials are sold at a fraction of normal prices with proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity.

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My kind of thrift store

  • Dec 7, 2009
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I accidentally ran into this store while driving around an area in Los Angeles, and that was an awesome find.

We have all heard of Habitat for Humanity, but I'm not sure if too many of us are aware of the outlet/thrift-store they run.  I have been to Gardena store, but it sounds like some other stores are much, much bigger.

In Gardena store, I found some furnitures, windows, doors, tiles, cabinetry, bricks, tubs, hardware, and some random stuff like table clothes, planters, etc.  Some of these were new and some were used.  The inventory is spotty since they are all donated material.  So it's up to you to find the treasure at the right time and be creative.   On my second visit, I scored a mid-century-modern chair that has been recently reupholstered.

This is a great way to get remodel material since the proceeds go to the non-profit organization AND you are reusing stuff that might end up in landfill.  Kill two birds with one stone.  No, I mean kill three birds, last bird being your remodeled home.  :-)

Their hours are not that great.  Closed on Sundays.  So plan your visit, take your time and browse.  Hope you find a great treasure!
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March 22, 2010
That is a great way to reuse materials. Making a stop there before one of the big home improvement chain appears to be a good idea. Thanks.
 
January 12, 2010
Hi There, great post...let me weigh on this bad boy! the Habitat for Humanity Restores are one of the great hidden treasures! The first time you check it out you will wonder why you never knew about it before! I am the co-founder of a construction classifieds site: http://losangeles.diggerslist.com/ , if you look at the top of the page, we have a video of the LA ReStore and you can see the really cool things they have in their store. The ReStores are one of our biggest partners and the world needs to know about them. What's more...the $$ is used to fund their mission! Great post!
 
December 08, 2009
Whoa, this sounds great! What are some items you've found here besides the furniture? How is the store's clothing selection?
 
December 07, 2009
Wow, this sounds great!  I've definitely heard of Habitat for Humanity before, but I didn't know that they had stores that sold surplus goods with profits going to their NPO.  Will see if there's one around me since I know some people who have just invested in fixer uppers.  Thanks for sharing, Jennifer! :)
 
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A lot of people know about Habitat for Humanity and their home building projects, as they are one of the nations largest charitable organizations. But...have you ever heard of a ReStore? you walk in and it's as if you have entered a Home Depot a 50% off!       ReStores recieve donated or salved materials that are either new or gently used, You can find basic items like lumber, cabinets, and fixtures...but take a look around, they have a TON of one of kind items. They use …
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Habitat ReStores are retail outlets where 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 their communities. Many affiliates across the United States and Canada operate successful ReStores—some raise enough funds to build 10 or more houses per year!

Materials sold by Habitat ReStores are usually donated from building supply stores, contractors, demolition crews or from individuals who wish to show their support for Habitat. In addition to raising funds, ReStores help the environment by rechanneling good, usable materials into house building.

Find a ReStore or Donate Building Supplies
If you want to shop for building materials, or if you or your company have materials to donate, please contact your local ReStore.
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