Habitat ReStores frequently asked questions

Habitat for Humanity ReStore FAQ

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.

What is Habitat for Humanity ReStore?

Habitat ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers. The items they sell are for the public and are similar to what you may be familiar with seeing in other home good stores. But Habitat ReStores have their own purpose.

The purpose of Habitat ReStores is to contribute to the work 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 been needing to complete a bathroom project, or a 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 Habitat 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 and windows
  • Plumbing supplies
  • Hand and 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 the Habitat ReStore Donation page.

When you are ready to donate, contact your local ReStore to make sure they currently are accepting the items you would like to donate. How do you find your ReStore? We’re glad you asked:

Where can I find a Habitat ReStore?

Your 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.

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?

Many Habitat ReStores do offer pickup services for many items. However, since every location is different, you’ll want to get in touch with your local store to make sure they offer the service and currently are accepting the item or items you have available.

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

Can I donate a car?

You sure can! You can even donate a truck, boat, bus, plane or other vehicle through Habitat’s Cars for Homes program. For more information, check out Steve Thomas’ video on how easy it is and how donating a car helps Habitat. Then, head over to the Cars for Homes page.

What does a Habitat for Humanity 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 your local ReStore today (and you may want to go back next week, too, to see what new items have arrived).

Learn more on our Habitat ReStore shop page.

Do Habitat ReStores offer building deconstruction services?

Some Habitat ReStores offer building deconstruction services. For an example of how Habitat ReStores get involved with deconstruction, you can read how Habitat ReStores in Milwaukee build community with deconstruction services.

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 Habitat 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 with your local ReStore to see what opportunities they have 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!