Most of us are familiar with the nonprofit Habitat For Humanity, an organization dedicated to providing decent, affordable housing to all. It’s an organization that relies on those who volunteer their labor & donations. But did you know it’s not all done with cash donations? A percentage of funding comes from deconstructing homes and selling the materials as well as other dropped off items.
Earlier this month, Habitat Wake opened it’s newest ReStore in Wake Forest. This location is one of five in the area. The ReStore is located next to Food Lion in the Market of Wake Forest shopping center. What can you expect to find? Well, a lot. The ReStore sells furniture, appliances, plumbing, doors, cabinetry, lighting and an assortment of odds and ends, all in pretty good condition and good working order.
Wake Forest was chosen for this new location for many reasons. Habitat Wake was founded in 1985 & there have been dozens of homes built in the community as well as numerous revitalization projects through the Brush With Kindness program. Last year, there were five homes built in one week in partnership with AmeriCorps and volunteers from area churches. Habitat Wake’s marketing manager, Monique Delage, has been quoted, “We anticipate funding the building of 20 homes from the Wake Forest ReStore.” As published in the Wake Weekly, she goes on to say, “It’s a great way for us to engage with the community. People come here to get great products at an affordable price. One person’s trash is obviously someone else’s treasure.”
To keep costs down, the store is staffed with mostly volunteers along with a manager and assistant manager. People wishing to donate can come by the store to unload the goods or call to schedule a pick up. If you happen to take something that Habitat doesn’t sell, there’s Goodwill just across the parking lot. The staff also keeps a list of groups where other items and goods may be taken.
The ReStore accepts a variety of items; to see a full list, visit WakeRestore.org. Some items not accepted include commercial goods, cast iron sinks, linens, dishwashers, TVs, faucets, fluorescent lighting, microwaves, mirrors, used carpeting, water heaters and hazardous items. Items that have to be trashed run up dumpster fees for Habitat. If you are shopping, some of the best deals can be found on cabinets, carpeting and laminate flooring. Some of these items are in new condition and were acquired from overstock at reduced prices.
If you are looking for some help, Habitat Wake also has a “Decon” crew. The crew is available to assist people with remodeling and house tear downs, countertop and unwanted appliance removal, disconnecting plumbing and utilities for a nominal fee. The crew will reclaim and salvage nonstructural items such as flooring and fixtures at no cost.
In the days of Pinterest, DIY and being thrifty, the Habitat ReStore can be a great place to start and finish those projects! Saving money and giving back to the community at the same time sounds like a win to me! The ReStore hours are Monday-Friday from 10am-6pm and Saturday from 9am-5pm. The ReStore is closed on Sundays.