Do you need to replace a door, a light fixture or maybe just a burner on your stove? If you don’t mind slightly used or new stuff left over from someone else’s project, go to ReStore in Bend first. ReStore is Habitat for Humanity’s building supply thrift store and you just might be surprised by what you can find there. Their prices are easy on the pocket book too.
Recently we have found a couple great deals on items for ourselves and for owners of rentals that we manage. We found 53 sq. ft. of top quality vinyl tile flooring for a bathroom that needed new flooring. These were apparently extra tiles left over from a job that someone had been kind enough to donate to ReStore. The tiles retail for between $2.90 and $3.13 a square foot. We got them for $0.25/square foot.
This week the tenants in one of the homes we manage called and said they had a coil burner break on their range. The big box stores want as much as $22.00 for a new one. ReStore sells them for one or two dollars each depending on the size.
Here’s the catch though, they don’t always have what you want, in the color or size that you want, when you want it. You have to be patient or lucky….or sometimes both. The thing is, if you can save as much as 92 percent on materials for your next project why wouldn’t you check ReStore first? Plus it goes to a good cause, Habitat for Humanity.
What can you find at Restore? Couches, chairs, light fixtures, appliances, cabinets, windows, lumber, doors, hardware, tools, window coverings, paint, bbq’s, flooring, toilets (seems gross but it is hard to argue with $10 toilets, just buy a new seat), tv’s, tables, sinks, faucets, the list goes on and on. Next time you have a project to do around the house, go to ReStore first and don’t forget to donate to Restore next time you have left over building supplies!