Three reasons to visit the Habitat for Humanity ReStorePosted: November 14, 2011
This weekend we made our first pilgrimage to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in East Austin. In order to let everyone know the wonders we experienced on our journey, I give you three reasons (I have an affinity for numbering things) why you should also consider visiting the AusTex store or the closest Restore to your hood.
1.) Feel good about yourself. You may not have guessed this from the name, but all proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity. Don’t drive a hybrid? Don’t buy produce from local farms or participate in Occupy Wallstreet? That’s OK. Make up for it by shopping at the ReStore where every dime you spend goes to a greater good and not into the wallets of corporate America. Take that, fat cats.
2.) It’s CHEAP! If you don’t care about giving back to the community, that’s OK too. Give back to yourself. Because most of what you find at the ReStore is recycled, used, or leftover from large renovation/construction projects, it’s all ridiculously marked down. What would cost you $5, $10, and $20 at Lowe’s or Home Depot is only $0.50, $1, and $5 at the ReStore. Lumber is especially marked down, but there is also an endless selection of tile, knobs, windows and doors to choose from. It’s a Do-it-Yourselfer’s paradise.
3.) You can spot some gems. Shopping at the ReStore isn’t exactly like a trip to an awesome specialty vintage shop, but you can track down a few treasured pieces (like drawer pulls delicately hand-painted with images of native flowers or antique crystal door knobs) and a few off beat items (like a ceiling fan designed to resemble checkered racing flags). Whatever your style, if you hunt hard enough, you can probably find a piece to work for your space without breaking the bank.
The ReStore has been in town for 15 years, and now that I have occasion to visit it, I’m confident it will be around for 15 more.