ReStore: Good Deals for a Good Cause

Remodeling and renovating your home is no small task. Whether it’s time for the flooring to be replaced, the cabinets to be updated, or that old family furniture from the 1960s to finally make its exit, home renovations take time and money. And let’s face it, time and money are something many of us just don’t have in abundance these days. Why spend hours pacing up and down the aisles of the big box stores trying to compare prices and materials? Why spend money on overpriced goods when a better deal is out there to be had?

Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Lynchburg is a bargain hunter’s one-stop wonder in home renovation supplies. It carries everything from hammers and nails, to cabinets and counters, to furniture and books—all at discounted prices.

Amanda Monark, the assistant manager for Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, agrees that there are many benefits to shopping at ReStore for all your home furnishing and renovation needs.

“Everything in the store is 20 to 90 percent off of the normal retail price,” Monark said. “Not only are the prices great, but all the proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity, and help build homes in the community.”

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that helps provide homes for low-income families by getting the community and the families in need involved in building the homes. According to Monark, the organization has constructed 278 homes in the Lynchburg area thanks to donations from the community and proceeds from the ReStore.

“Our ReStore here in Lynchburg was the first ReStore ever in Virginia, and the store has been going strong for 11 years,” Monark said.

ReStore does sell some new items at discounted prices, like flooring tiles bought from liquidators, although most of its merchandise is comprised of donations from the community.

“We sell everything from new area rugs, used and new furniture, composite decking, books, paint, molding, cabinetry, and more,” Monark said. “We are always looking for new donations, as well as volunteers to help with things like stocking and greeting customers in the store.”

The ReStore’s merchandise changes daily based on the amount and type of items donated, so Monark suggests checking the store regularly when in search for particular items.

“Not only would you save money by shopping here for your home renovation needs, but you would also be helping the community,” Monark said. “Even if the store doesn’t have exactly what you are looking for, you can still support the ReStore and Habitat for Humanity by making a monetary donation. We greatly appreciate any type of donation given.”

So, when you finally decide to rip up that outdated yellow linoleum that is tainting your kitchen floor, or when you get the whim to redecorate the living room with all new furniture as a Christmas gift to yourself, try buying your materials from the ReStore. Not only will you save money and precious time, you will be helping to provide families in need in the Lynchburg area with homes of their own.

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