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Habitat Restores

Surplus Building Materials

By Suzanne O'Connor

If you have home improvement project on your calendar or are a fix it yourself kinda person, then you must visit Habitat Restores, a part of Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat ReStores have both new and used surplus building materials donated by building supply stores, contractors, demolition crews and individuals. The products here range from door knobs to doors, sinks to lighting, windows to hardware, flooring and almost anything in between, all at prices that are 40%-70% below what you would expect to pay. Proceeds from the ReStores help fund the construction of Habitat houses within the community. Habitat ReStores also are “green”, helping the environment by recycling good, usable materials that may otherwise be thrown into land fills.

Since the items are donated, each store carries different product. One store may have more doors than another or more used product than another. But the deals are here and if you have a good eye, some creativity, a measuring tape and handy know how. You’ll score big!

A recent visit to the local Pasadena store held a lot of surprises. Tons of new classic windows along side recycled solid wood French doors. A 5’ x 5’ Aluminum window was just $40. A long rectangular vinyl window was $260. Several 4-paned 2’ x 4” salvaged solid wood windows were only $10 each. Some TM Cobb tempered French door windows were $100 each. A used cast iron tub with clawed feet was $350

I also spotted a beveled ½” large oval glass table top at $100 instead of $400. and some glass shelving (1’ x 2 ½ ’) at $10 each. Some old (1960’s) levered window shutters were only $5 each…. Then there was this table with tons of tiles sold at 15 cents - 45 cents each in sizes 2” x 2” up through 6” x 6”… perfect for crafters, small household back splashes or fix-its.

One lady was walking through picking out interior doors with her contactor/ handy man. She found several, all solid wood doors with the same design at $35 each. I wished I needed a new door when I found a Tudor styled oval crown solid wood door for just $75. A repaint or sanding down would give you a fabulous, elegant door. Next to it was what obviously was originally a bathroom or bedroom solid wood door cause one side was mirrored. This useful charming door was just $35.

You’ll also find an array of new and used sinks from bathroom vanities to kitchen. Some in good condition and others looking worn. New and used door knobs ran from $1-$8 A new basic A shaped lamp shade was just $5. A Moen bathroom faucet was $25 instead of $50. Several boxes of new and used floor, wall, ceiling vents ran $1-$5 each.
Habitat Restore is where you want to go to before you hit the big home improvement stores. The selection is near endless with a very fast turnover. You may not find what you want every time but you’ll always find something that’s a great buy.

Habitat Restores have locations all over the United State and Canada. Locally we have several:

Habitat Restores/ Builders Surplus Stores:

770 N. Fair Oaks
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 792-3838

17700 S. Figueroa St.
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 323-4663

2165 S. Grand Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 434-6202

2121 Atlanta Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507
(951) 787-6754 ext. 113

12827 Harbor Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92840
(714) 590-8729