Have you visited your local ReStore ?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Mackintosh REALTORS 82894

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price.

ReStores are independently owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity organizations. Proceeds are used to build homes, community, and hope locally and around the world.

In each store you will find unique items and great deals.    I have visited several stores in different cities and found fantastic deals on furniture , art work and building supplies.


The funds raised help fund local Habitat builds to support a family who otherwise would not be able to afford a home in the local community.


I have participated in two Habitat Builds the first one was sponsored by The Maryland Association of REALTORS® in 2003 in Snow Hill, Md as part of the annual state convention on the Eastern Shore.



The National Association of REALTORS® has sponsored  a number of Habitat for Humanity Builds. In 2006 NAR was the first major convention to take place in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. A large contingent  of REALTORS® helped with the build project in the Musician Village, a community in the Upper Ninth Ward conceived by New Orleans native musicians Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis for displaced New Orleans musicians and families. 


It was an unbelievable site to personally witness the utter devastation hurricane Katrina did to the properties in the Upper Ninth Ward in New Orleans. The project I was assigned to we actually disassembled a house that was under construction when the hurricane hit. The wood was saturated by the flood waters and could not be used.





If you ever have the opportunity to participate in a Habitat build I highly recommend doing so. It is a very inspiring experience. Once a home is completed Habitat for Humanity has a qualification process to move a family into the property and turn the keys over to the new home owner at a dedication ceremony.



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1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

I did  not realize that Habitat for Humanity operated such stores.  We are not near one.  

Nov 03, 2015 08:24 PM #1
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Buzz Mackintosh We don't have one locally, but there is one in a nearby city. This is a great cause. It really irritates me when I see programs on HGTV demolish kitchens and bathrooms when the cabinets, etc. could be donated to Habitat for Humanity.

Nov 03, 2015 10:53 PM #2
Rosemarie Heindel
Harry Norman Realtors - Big Canoe, GA
Rosemarie Heindel

I have not ever visited a Habitat for Humanity ReStore but have been curious about them. Habitat for Humanity is a wonderful organization doing great work. Thanks for sharing and the pictures make the post even better!

Nov 04, 2015 12:09 AM #3
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

I was not aware of this, I'll have to see if they have a store in our town.

Nov 04, 2015 12:23 AM #4
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Buzz, this is a great resource, especially if you are remodeling on a slim budget.   We just had another store open close to me.  Great post!

Nov 04, 2015 07:09 AM #5
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I do not think, the name is used in my hood, but we do have some donation stores. I personally love finding a good piece of furniture or home decoration. I love restoring them and give them second life. 

Nov 09, 2015 04:08 PM #6
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Buzz Mackintosh ,  We too have participated in what we cal "Help a House" projects.  On several occasions, I have been known to pick up a few things at the restore.

Nov 10, 2015 05:05 AM #7
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