Dallas home renovation junkies who love a good deal are bound to be jazzed about the February 21 grand opening of the newest Habitat for Humanity ReStore resale outlet in Dallas-Fort Worth. The store, the 11th in the area, will be located in Lake Highlands at the southeast corner of Skillman Street and Abrams Road in the space formerly occupied by Big Lots, which closed last year.
All ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at steep discounts (like 20 to 70 percent off retail). Each store is operated by local Habitat chapters, and proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity homebuilding efforts around the world.
So you can save money and feel good doing it.
The range of items at a ReStore is always surprising, and it varies tremendously by location; I’ve seen everything from front doors to front-loading washing machines. And for the creatively inclined, this place is a mecca. The Dallas-area ReStore has a Pinterest page with 25 boards featuring everything from Dallas ReStore sales and fab finds to home design inspiration to upcycling ideas. Think thrift-store lamp makeovers and projects using pallets.
The Lake Highlands ReStore will be similar to others in the area: an awesome selection of stuff you were looking for, as well as things you didn’t even know you needed. (We spied some sparkly chandeliers already hanging in the windows.) All items come from the donations of local retailers, manufacturers, contractors and individuals. You can make a donation or find out about arranging a large-item pickup by calling 214-678-2309.
In addition to raising money for Habitat’s homebuilding efforts, ReStores around the United States encourage sustainability and lessen the environmental impact of homebuilding and renovations. They do this by rechanneling usable surplus building supplies and other merchandise that might otherwise end up in a landfill.
In November, Habitat for Humanity passed the 1 million mark for the number of families it has served worldwide since the organization began in 1976. That represents 5 million people.
During its 2014 fiscal year, Habitat for Humanity served 313,274 families — about 1.6 million people in more than 70 countries — through home construction, renovations and critical home repairs or increased access to improved shelter through products and services. In the United States, that number was 10,209 families.
A version of this story originally was published on Candy’s Dirt.