I have died and gone to heaven! Well, that’s a bit much. I stumbled across a gem.
Yes, it’s the Habitat for Humanity Restore. Finding this place was like finding a pair of comfortable stilettos; it was mind-blowing. If you’ve never been to a Habitat for Humanity Restore, run don’t walk! The Restore proceeds help fund the great organization Habitat for Humanity. Their goal is to aid deserving families in finding affordable housing through building, renovating, and preserving homes. There are chapters in just about every city in the United States.
Restore has a variety of items that can be used in your home. Items are donated from a number of sources. You can find anything from shingles to shutters. There are doors, windows, marble tile, even appliances. The great thing is not all of the items are used. Many of the area box stores donate items that are discontinued or damaged. If you have an idea of what you need or in my case if you don’t , you still feel like a kid in a candy story. The best part is the price. These items are priced to sell! You have to know what you want. Most of the time you have to make a split decision. The best items don’t stick around long. Our Restore is only open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8am to 12 noon. And it’s not uncommon to find people waiting at the door before the store opens.
Now this is not a shopping trip down Michigan Avenue or Rodeo Drive. When you walk in it evokes that nostalgic perfume of Granny’s musty basement. You have to be willing to dig, lift, and get a little dirty. The volunteers are great. You can’t find a more helpful group of people .
I found some great inspiration.
Now I just have to figure out how to get some of this stuff home without Big Daddy having a heart attack. Any suggestions?
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