ReStore - Habitat for Humanity's resale shop - Plano,TX & beyond

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Home Stager with Home Star Staging

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If you haven't already been you must check out the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in your area.

I went for the first time today to my local Plano, TX ReStore , which recently opened last April 2007, and found a treasure trove of items that are useful for my staging business as well as my own home. 

This store had furniture, home decor, lighting fixtures, switch plates, surplus lumber in , flooring, paint, doors, knobs, appliances, the list goes on and on!  Home builders and contractors routinely have surplus from their jobs and this is a great place to donate to should your company wish to consider this worthy cause.

Not only is it a great find for home stagers and home owners, but it also benefits a great cause, Habitat for Humanity , their motto is:

                                    Everyone deserves a decent place to call home.

Some houses we work on leave furniture behind and I've been in situations where we had to call a resale shop to come pick up these items.  According to a recent commenter on this blog, Judy Kincaid, the items donated must be under 10 years old and in good condition (I would think that wood furniture in good shape may be an exception but you may want to ask you local store first.) ReStore does pick up large items.  They have trucks that will come pick up your donated items should you need that service.

Check out their link for more information and a store near you.

There are also many volunteer opportunities available should you be interested for yourself or your students over 16 who may need service hours for their school.  Call your local store or visit their website for details and sign up for the free newsletter as well.

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Rainmaker
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Sue - that's a bit of a drive, I'd call first to make sure that they have what you may be looking for, you  can also post your business cards there as well - I asked and they did have a bulletin board

Tammy - I'm going to look into the other stores as well - I think it may become one of my favorites too

Aug 24, 2007 03:48 PM #7
Rainer
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Judy Kincaid
Tampa, FL
Karen -- Thanks for reminding me that I haven't visited the store near me in quite a while.  Another thing that is nice about these stores is that they stress that the the donated items should be less than 10 years old.  Therefore, often times their furniture items are newer and in better shape than what you would find at Goodwill or Salvation Army and with better prices. 
Aug 24, 2007 05:46 PM #8
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Pat Hommel
Annapolis Plaza CB Residential and Commercial - Annapolis, MD
Annapolis, AA Co., Md. Real Estate Sales

Karen,

This is a super tip!  I did not know about this resource at Habitat for Humanity.  What a great place for my sellers to donate things as they pack up for their move.

Pat

 

Aug 25, 2007 12:30 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Judy - I didn't realize that they asked for items under 10 years - that's good to know and really that's a great requirement -"gently used" after 10 years of wear and tear won't usually fit the bill for resale - unless it's an antique I guess.

Pat - great suggestion for your sellers! But as Judy mentioned - make sure to tell them the furniture has to be gently used and under 10 yrs. old(I would think that applies to the sofas and upholstered chairs more than wood furniture)

Aug 25, 2007 02:09 AM #10
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Loreena and Michael Yeo
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Karen: I will check this out soon. I heard about this place on the news - was it today?
Aug 25, 2007 10:51 AM #11
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Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
Stage it Right! - Melbourne, FL

Thanks for reminding me Karen.  We have one here and I keep forgetting about it.  I'm off to check their location and hope to pay a visit next week.

mundu - the day after sundu

Aug 25, 2007 02:39 PM #12
Rainmaker
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
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Loreena - yes it was on the news, my neighbor was telling me he saw it for the first time.

Terry - love the new "secret words" - and your definitions!

Aug 26, 2007 02:44 AM #13
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Pat Hommel
Annapolis Plaza CB Residential and Commercial - Annapolis, MD
Annapolis, AA Co., Md. Real Estate Sales

Karen,

Visited friends last night who will be moving in 6 months, giving away some furniture in the attic, I looked at the things with a new eye, there were some items that would be great for staging.  I would not have thought of that before reading your article here.

Pat

Aug 26, 2007 04:25 AM #14
Rainmaker
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Pat, glad to hear that.  Are you going to be the recipient of some of that excess furniture? That would be nice.

Aug 26, 2007 09:51 AM #15
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marti garaughty
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 Hi Karen. It was great to stumble upon this post. I did some fundraising  for Habitat a few years back and my sister did some hands on stuff with them. I love their cause & mission. Thanks for sharing the news about their ReStore!
Aug 31, 2007 04:52 PM #16
Rainmaker
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
hi marti - Habitat is a great organization and our local staging group is working closely with the Dallas area HH for a week of volunteer staging - the community areas of their offices and an actual recipient's home - kinda like a mini extreme makeover and "reveal".  It's going to be so great to share that experience the week of Sept. 9 -16th.
Sep 01, 2007 01:40 AM #17
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Anita Ericksen
Realty Showcasing Inc. - Edmonton, AB
Wonderful idea.  It's definetly a win win situation. 
Sep 01, 2007 10:00 AM #18
Rainmaker
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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate
Karen:  What a great idea !  I am so pleasantly surprised that such a place exists.  I think I will spend some of my Holiday Weekend coming up with some good stuff to take up there.  Truly a great idea.  Thanks for posting it !   Karen Anne
Sep 01, 2007 05:40 PM #19
Rainmaker
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Anita - yes it is a win win!

Karen Anne - how great of you to donate! I know they pick up larger items if you have them but I don't know how they schedule out there is a phone number you can call. 

Sep 02, 2007 02:40 AM #20
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Maribeth Messineo Peters
214-566-1210 - Dallas, TX
Dallas native-Preston Hollow Greenway Parks expert
2nd Resale Store location: I do not think this was mentioned but if you do not want to go all the way to Plano. There is a 2nd location at 2800 North Hampton Road, Dallas, TX 75212. There are great finds there too! 
Sep 02, 2007 11:11 AM #21
Rainmaker
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Thank you for putting the address of the Dallas location Maribeth. -

I know there a stores all over the country too, I put the link in the blog for anyone who may care to look up their local Restore closest to them.

Welcome to Active Rain too!

Sep 03, 2007 02:42 AM #22
Rainmaker
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Karen Dembsky
Peachtree Home Staging LLC, Home Staging in Atlanta, GA - Peachtree City, GA
Atlanta Home Staging
Hi Karen O!  this is great info -- I just got done surfing one of the Atlanta stores inventory.  I thought it was great!  I am looking forward to doing some shopping! (and donating!)  Thx for sharing.
Sep 03, 2007 03:55 AM #23
Rainmaker
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
Hi Karen D! The inventory changes so check back - I spent way too much $$ the day I went but know it's for a good cause and will serve me well too - how could I resist??  I plan on donating at some point too which further justifies my purchases....
Sep 03, 2007 02:13 PM #24
Rainer
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Minnesota Home Staging Firm, Minnesota
Minnesota Home Staging Network~ MN's Top Home Staging Firm - Inver Grove Heights, MN

I jsut checked out their site and found one in my area - YEAH!!!

Thanks so much for bringing another great cause (and place) to our attention.

Beth

Sep 10, 2007 05:03 PM #25
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
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peter criss BETH! nice to see you 3 times on my blog.... I hear you callin'....glad you're in the rain for a little while.
Sep 11, 2007 12:32 AM #26
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