Habitat ReStore FAQs

Habitat ReStore Shop

If you’ve ever wondered exactly what is a Habitat ReStore, how the stores support Habitat for Humanity, or just about any other Habitat ReStore related question, you’re in the right place. If you have more questions, let us know in the comments below.

What is Habitat for Humanity ReStore?

Habitat ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers. The items they sell are similar to what you may be familiar with seeing in other home good stores, but ReStores are much more than that.

The purpose of Habitat ReStores is to contribute to the mission of Habitat for Humanity. When you support your local ReStore by shopping, donating or volunteering, you are not only supporting your local community but also helping the mission to provide decent shelter to everyone around the world.

Because the stock of each ReStore depends on donations, you never know exactly what you’ll find at your local ReStore. It could be the brand new box of tile you’ve needed to complete the bathroom project, or a rare vintage treasure you won’t find anywhere else. You can expect to find both new and gently used items throughout the store; see below for a more comprehensive list of what many ReStores sell.

What donations does Habitat ReStore accept?

There are a wide variety of items Habitat ReStores accept that fall under the household or building products. The items accepted at any given ReStore can vary for many reasons, including local requirements, store size and the amount of certain items the store already has in stock.

However, most stores are often on the lookout for the following specific items, grouped by category:

Household items

Appliances
TVs
Furniture
Lighting

Building Materials

Doors & Windows
Plumbing supplies
Hand & Power tools
Flooring

This is not an exhaustive list, but it is a good start to let you know what kind of items ReStores accept if you are thinking about donating. Learn more at our Habitat ReStore Donation page.

When you are ready to donate, click here to request a FREE pickup. How do you find your ReStore? We’re glad you asked:

Where can I find a ReStore?

You local Habitat ReStore is easy to find. To search for your nearest ReStore, head over to the main ReStore page and enter your zip code into the blue search bar. Our specific ReStore is located off Exit 270 and 15-501 at 5501 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. in Durham, NC. 

Are Habitat ReStores open to the public?

Yes! All Habitat ReStores are open to the public. Stop by during business hours to see what kind of deals you can find, as well as to drop off your own donations.

How do ReStores support Habitat for Humanity?

Habitat ReStores help fund Habitat for Humanity’s mission to end substandard housing by building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Profits from Habitat ReStores are put to use both in your local community and around the world.

Do you offer furniture donation pickup? What about appliances?

Yes. Contact our Donations Hotline at 919-354-0892 or click here to find out if we can accept the item or items you have available.

Find out more about this process in our article, “Does Habitat ReStore offer furniture donation pickup?”

What does a ReStore sell?

Habitat ReStores tend to resemble a home improvement store. A very unique home improvement store.

The wide variety of quality goods you’ll find is a result of ReStore donations coming from everyone from you and your neighbor after you’ve finished a project around the house to large restaurant chains that are remodeling their restaurants and donating the old furniture to ReStore.

At the majority of ReStores you’ll find items that fit into the following categories: building materials, appliances and furniture. The items you’ll find will range from brand new to gently used, and there will likely be a wide range of brands and styles. Of course, that’s not all you’ll find, so we recommend getting down to our local ReStore today (and you may want to go back next week, too, to see what new items have arrived).

Learn more on the Habitat ReStore shop page.

How do Habitat ReStores help the environment?

When a gently used building material or household product is donated to Habitat ReStore and then sold at a discount to a community member that needs it, that item is recycled and kept out of the landfill. Learn more about how Habitat ReStores help the environment in our "Go Green" roundup.

How can I support the ReStore?

In all kinds of ways!

When you shop or donate at a ReStore, you are automatically supporting not only your local store, but also the Habitat mission worldwide. Additionally, ReStores are always looking for volunteers. Volunteers can range from cashiers and customer service to interior decorators and baristas. 

Just like the inventory of every ReStore is different, so are the volunteer needs. Check our volunteer page to see what opportunities they we available.

What are some examples of DIY projects made from items from Habitat ReStores?

Though at most stores you’ll often find new or nearly new items that are ready to use as soon as you get it home, many also scour Habitat ReStores for items that will be part of their next DIY or upcycle project. Check out the articles below to see just a few examples of Habitat ReStore DIY projects and get inspiration for your next project! You'll find even more on the Habitat ReStore blog.

How I made a DIY tiki torch out of skis from Habitat ReStore

Tips for finding your next DIY upcycle project at Habitat ReStore

Habitat ReStore DIY workshops: An inside look

A dream kitchen island makeover with help from the Habitat ReStore