Habitat For Humanity Restore

February 25, 2017

We are serious “Do it Yourself” peeps. If you own a home, you know there is always something to repair or improve. So for most small projects, we try to do it ourselves.

One of our regular haunts are the Habitat for Humanity Restores. With over 10 Southern California locations, this reseller of new and used home improvement items is a treasure trove. Whether you’re restoring an old Craftsman or just need to fix a leaky faucet, this is a source you’ll want to visit again and again.

These nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers sell new and used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Operated by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates the proceeds are used to build homes, community, and hope locally and around the world.

You may not always find exactly what you need at these stores, but you will always finding something. Each store is different, so I stopped into the new location in Los Angeles near Glendale. Still in the throws of being organized, I spied more than a handful of fabulously useful and advantageous buys.

A large grouping of new 60 watt, incandescent light bulbs were priced at $25 cents each or 5 for a $1. Some Phillips long florescent lights were just 50 cents each. A nice, new in box, gold toned, Baldwin door lockset was just $7.50. Retail is upwards of $200. New roles of OSI 6” x 75 ft. flashing were $20 instead of $75. And a HP Laser Jet cartridge was here at $35 instead of $86-$92. A used modern, chrome, 4-arm chandelier with black shades was a great buy at $45. A used ruby drop pendant ceiling fixture was $35 instead of $100. A used, but in mint condition wrought iron bar chair was $65. NWT, but flawed, 4 cream, faux leather dining chairs were $50 each.

Some large used French vinyl sliding doors were fully intact, just needing a bit of paint at $350. New these would run $1100-$1400. A good selection of used interior and exterior doors in various conditions were here at $20-$250. There were a ton of used bathroom under-mount or pedestals sinks at $25-$150 as well as used toilets in various ages and conditions. Plumbing supplies, tiling, flooring, painting, electrical, doors and windows and used appliances are all here in odds and ends at low pricing.

They also handle some closeouts items. I also found a NWT Calphalon 12 cup, quick brew coffee maker at $35 instead of $120. A NWT Craftsman auto-hammer was $25 instead of $60 and a Soda Stream play home soda maker was here at $25 instead of $70.

We pop in pretty regularly. Ya never know what kind of a deal you’re gonna find. And if you are renovating, consider donating your old doors, appliances, fixtures etc. It’s all for a good cause.

Locations in Chatsworth, Los Angeles. Torrance, Bellflower, Norwalk, Simi Valley, Azusa, Anaheim, Montclair, Riverside and Santa Ana.


The store I visited:
Los Angeles Store:
5201 West San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, CA 90039
(626) 792-3838