History of ReStore
The Habitat ReStore concept started in 1991 as Habitat affiliates began to receive donations of building materials and household goods that donors thought could be used in Habitat homes. Though the generosity was greatly appreciated, it proved impractical to redesign blueprints to fit the dimension of specific doors, windows and cabinet sets that had been donated. Instead, Habitat affiliates began selling these donated items to the public and using the proceeds to cover costs of homebuilding. Currently, there are over 1,000 Habitat ReStores in the United States. Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1988, and our ReStore opened in October 2005.
SAVE when you shop with us
YES! We are open to the public and because we receive donations Thursday through Saturday, our inventory is always changing! Stroll through the store and find beautiful, gently-used cabinets, appliances, furniture, housewares, paint supplies, toilets and sinks, tables, bed frames, bookcases and more. Many of these items are at a fraction of the cost of what you’d pay in a department store.
You will also notice a wide selection of brand new inventory! This includes amazing area rugs, recycled (new) paint, paint supplies, tools and more! This is a ReStore you just can’t miss!
RECYCLE when you shop with us
YES! When you purchase an item from ReStore, you are becoming an active member of the green movement by putting that particular item to a better use than taking up space in the landfill! We try to reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle as much as we can and we’re glad that YOU are becoming involved in this process!
BUILD when you shop with us
YES! When you shop with your heart at your neighborhood Habitat ReStore, you’re supporting our mission of building homes in this community!
Mission of Habitat ReStore
Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Habitat for Humanity ReStores are proudly owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and proceeds are used to build homes, community, and hope locally and around the world.
Providing alternative disposal for usable items
In the U.S. more than 325 million tons of recoverable building materials are generated every year. Habitat ReStore connects unwanted building materials, appliances, furniture and home goods with people who can use them. Habitat ReStore in Cedar Rapids has contributed to the green movement by diverting more than 560 tons of materials away from local area landfills in the course of a year.