The Habitat for Humanity Restore, located at 7998 Centerpoint Drive, is a win-win situation for Hamilton County residents. Not only does the home improvement thrift store sell donated and gently used merchandise at a significant discount to the general public, it benefits Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity. Funds raised make it possible for families in need to own an affordable home.
“The benefits of this model abound: through donated product, the ReStore reduces waste and helps tons of material avoid the landfill each year. The quality home goods are typically 50-75% below retail, making home improvement possible for many who could not otherwise afford it,” says Abri Hochstetler, Associate Director of Communications and Annual Giving. “The stores provide local jobs, and the ReStore can pick up your large or bulk donations from your home or business, making donating a breeze.”
Donations to the store are tax-deductible and make up the store’s inventory. Items for sale range in variety from outdoor garden tools to chandeliers. It’s a place where both practical and off-beat objects become gems for people who enjoy repurposing materials or do it yourself projects. There is no doubt that customers can find some unusual items.
“We often get unique art such as paintings or posters,” Hochstetler says. “The most interesting thing I’ve seen was a red, heart-shaped hot tub. Many times, customers are looking for an affordable fix or improvement to their home. This could be as big as a set of cabinets or as small as a set of screws. Contractors and landlords visit looking for tools and building materials. Because the ReStore is filled with new and used donated products, every visit is a new adventure.
“Donated product comes from all types of places. If you’re completing a kitchen remodel or replacing your washer and dryer, the ReStore can come to your home to pick up the usable items: cabinets, stove, refrigerator, washer, dryer, etc. Or, if you’re cleaning out your garage or home and discover items that have more life, you can donate those home goods as well.”
Both full and part-time employees work at the store as drivers, cashiers and donation processors. Regular volunteers are gladly accepted. Additionally, commercial partnerships are welcome and regular pick-ups can be set-up at businesses, churches, company warehouses or other places of work.
The merchandise sold at the restore enables Habitat for Humanity to provide low-income, first-time homebuyers with the life-changing opportunity of homeownership. Neighborhoods and the communities benefit as well by providing places to live that are well built.
“In a time when home has taken on even more meaning and importance, we are grateful that the ReStore provides a connection between usable home goods and those who need them, all while helping Habitat build safe, stable, and affordable homes for our neighbors who need them,” Hochstetler says.