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Habitat For Humanity Re-Store

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  • #7492

    Have you guys heard of the Habitat For Humanity Re-Store? Has anyone tried it out yet? Referred a cliet, etc??

    ~ Rob at http://www.ConcordCarpenter.com

    #8698
    pgc555
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    Gilberts, Illinois

    I donate many items to Habitat for Humanity in my clients name.
    I figure, I took it out of their house so why shouldn’t they get
    the tax break. Humbly, many of the items are used beyond what some of my clients would purchase but Habitat does a great work and I support them with my personal time and talents as well

    #8700

    Sounds like I had better check it out. I have been donating my time and talents to a project up in the Virginia Mountans, where I am building a nice, loft apartment for a single Mother and her Daughter. They are about to loose the housing they have had for the past year, and I heard about it, and took it on to make them a home… Re-store may be the place I get the materials I need to finish. I will let you all know how it goes. I have been dedicating half my job income from other work, to helping this family get into a home of their own. Friends have dedicated an unfinished building 16 x 20, story and a half, on their farm to them, and I have managed to get about half the materials together just from my own overstock. (we all have it, countertops, trim, wire, etc.) it had not occured to me to check Habitat for some help. Thanks for the idea, George.

    #8706

    George,

    Let me know what you find in Va.

    Your volunteer efforts to help this mom and daughter speak volumes to your character and make me proud of this profession. thank you sir!

    ~ Rob at http://www.ConcordCarpenter.com

    #8707

    George,

    Let me know what you find in Va.

    Your volunteer efforts to help this mom and daughter speak volumes to your character and make me proud of this profession. thank you sir!

    ~ Rob at http://www.ConcordCarpenter.com

    #8717

    Hey Rob! I’ve been a fan of Habitat’s ReStore for a couple years. Granted, the one I visit is in San Diego, so it’s a bit of a commute for you. I have used them to donate surplus tools / materials, and I’ve also found a couple things to buy as well. It’s a bit of a treasure hunt as you just never know what you’re going to find there. There’s definitely a lot of junk to sift through to find the gems. In San Diego, there’s a couple for-profit variations of the Re-Store as well, which can also produce some excellent bargains. I think it’s a great way to find deals on materials (often it’s brand new material), keep them out of the landfills, and get them into the hands of people that need them.

    #9466
    cranbrook2
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    Belgrave, Ontario , Canada

    We have them here in Canada and i really enjoy going there as much as possible . I am a big fan of recycling whenever i can .

    #10298

    Gret input guys – thanks

    ~ Rob at http://www.ConcordCarpenter.com

    #11028
    rznhale
    Pro

    We have a Habitat “re-store”, We have bought several things, tile, wood floor, lighting fixtures, even a commercial paint sprayer. Its a great place to save money and help your community

    #11032

    Johna, where do you live? Which store?

    ~ Rob at http://www.ConcordCarpenter.com

    #11116
    jkirk
    Moderator
    halifax, nova scotia

    i work in the high end sector of renos.. do to very demanding clients we cant buy used materials from the restore for jobs where everything has to be the latest and greatest thing going.. however because of these clients we can easily donate material to the restore

    heres a tip, dont fart in a space suit

    #11120

    the one here in Minneapolis is great for all sorts of things… and it has pretty good prices too

    John S

    #11187
    Dodge
    Pro

    I have donated lots of stuff, but the only time I ever go there looking for things is if its something old and you can buy it new anymore. Came across some nice old crystal door knobs for a job there once.
    I put myself on a waiting list for drywall once and didn’t expect to get any but ended up with 17 12′ sheets at a great deal. Got 2 9′ lengths of counter top once, cost me 5 times more to have them cut joined and capped then I paid for them

    #11194
    Joss13
    Pro

    I use ours (Albany GA) alot! I bring stuff I have extra, pick up stuff
    I need and they barter. Sure beats paying full price!

    #11202

    @Jeff,

    I know – I hate tearing out perfectly good stuff just because the season changes or the color needs to be different. Was on a super high end job where the wife chose then decided agains 4 different $800 to $1200 fixtures.

    When asked if she wanted the new – torn out fixtures she said “toss them.” the plumber sold them on Craigs list for 1/2 retail and made a killing!

    ~ Rob at http://www.ConcordCarpenter.com

    #11488
    jkirk
    Moderator
    halifax, nova scotia

    lol. robert ive had jobs like that.. ive lost count on how many free doors, toilets, pedestal sinks ive seen guys on our crews get for free off jobs… the scary thing about these jobs is the mentality of the client themself. they have no issue spending $8000 on a newest washer and dryer every 2 years but they start harping on our crew because we had to go buy another can of shellac based primer to seal the end cuts of pine trim were using for the exterior trim treatment on the new windows

    heres a tip, dont fart in a space suit

    #11512

    Stupid scary huh?

    ~ Rob at http://www.ConcordCarpenter.com

    #11522

    yikes… what ever happened to a little humility and kindness?

    John S

    #11534

    John,

    The comment above is in reference to a conversation about this:

    “I know – I hate tearing out perfectly good stuff just because the season changes or the color needs to be different. Was on a super high end job where the wife chose then decided agains 4 different $800 to $1200 fixtures.

    When asked if she wanted the new – torn out fixtures she said “toss them.” “

    ~ Rob at http://www.ConcordCarpenter.com

    #11540

    I go to the restore in Buffalo ,mostly to donate fixtures I have replaced. It is really a matter of timing I have gotten some great finds even new in box ! But most times there is nothing I could/would use ; the ladies that volenter tell me that you need to get there when they open as the best things are snatched up quickly .

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