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What is a Habitat ReStore?

The ReStore is a retail store open to the general public that sells new and used building materials, cabinets, appliances, home décor, furniture and more at 25% to 90% below retail prices – items which are generously donated by local businesses, building contractors, and the general public or purchased from companies that reduce, reuse and recycle. The ReStore is a continuous fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County – sales proceeds go to help build Habitat for Humanity houses with families in our community.  The ReStore’s inventory changes on a daily basis with all the donations our wonderful community provide; so stop in and shop regularly.

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Volunteer

Volunteering at the ReStore is a fun way to make a difference in your community without swinging a hammer or getting your shoes muddy. Not only do ReStore volunteers help Habitat for Humanity build affordable homes in Elkhart County, but they also keep our community clean and green by diverting more than 200 tons of reusable material out of the waste stream every year! ReStore volunteers must be at least 16 years old to volunteer. To learn more about volunteering click here.

Donations

Donations of new and used materials are the lifeblood of the ReStore. They can be dropped off at the ReStore during regular business hours – Tuesday through Saturday 9am to 5pm, or pick-ups can be scheduled by contacting the ReStore at (574) 533-1823.  Pick-ups are generally 5-10 business days out and general public pickups are available Tuesday – Thursday during business hours.  Tax Deductible 501(c)(3) donation receipts are provided for all drop-offs and pick-ups.

List of materials accepted and sold by the ReStore**:

  • Appliances
  • Architectural Items
  • Cabinets and Countertops
  • Doors and Windows
  • Electrical
  • Flooring
  • Furniture (home and office)
  • Hardware
  • Home Decorations and Housewares
  • Plumbing and Bath Fixtures
  • Paint (with restrictions)
  • Lumber and Building Materials
  • Lighting
  • Roofing Materials and Gutters
  • Siding, Soffit and Fascia
  • Tools
  • HVAC

**The ReStore reserves the right to refuse donations because of their condition, age, hazardousness or potential disposal costs.

 


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Donations we cannot accept in used condition:

Media Items:

  • Cassettes- music and VHS
  • Encyclopedias
  • Magazines
  • Recorded/burned CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Rays

Non working electronics (or over 5 years old):

  • Computers
  • Copiers/scanners
  • Fax machines
  • Monitors (working flat screens accepted)
  • Printers

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TVs:

  • Due to government regulations we are no longer allowed to accept used TVs with the exception of working LCD, Plasma, and LED flat screens

Housewares and Furniture:

  • Bedding and bed pillows
  • Soiled carpet
  • Upholstered furniture with any signs of wear and tear or odors
  • Clothing
  • Infant and toddler beds, car seats, and swings
  • Mattresses and box springs
  • Sleeper sofas (if the mattress is still inside) and futons
  • Mirrors or glass with chips or cracks
  • Towels
  • Toys
  • Window treatments- blinds, drapes, valances

Appliances:

Building Materials:

  • Cubicle walls or systems
  • Glass panes w/o proper framing
  • Hollow core doors with any damage (holes, chipped veneer, odd cutouts, etc)
  • Paint or stain (can accept new if non oil based)
  • Particle board pieces and countertops with cutouts for sinks (solid surface is ok)
  • Single pane windows (unless vintage or antique that is repurpose able for crafting)
  • Tires
  • Florescent lights not T2 capable or 8’ long, industrial lights
  • Small scraps of lumber & trim less than 6’ long or any lumber with protruding nails

Hazardous Chemicals:

  • Kerosene or Gas Cans/Tanks
  • Garden Pump Spray Bottles
  • Unlabeled chemicals and pesticides
  • Unlabeled canisters
  • Fertilizers and lime

 Extra Information for non accepted donations:

Items deemed as hazardous to staff, volunteers, and/or customers cannot be accepted. These items can include, but are not limited to, broken or chipped ceramics or glass, dishes, or tiles; food and drink; frayed or exposed electrical wires; opened chemicals; and unframed glass and mirrors.

Items in poor condition cannot be accepted. Poor condition refers to signs of wear-and-tear including but not limited to: rips; tears; stains; wear pattern; gouges; scuffs; rot or rust; and odors.

Items exposed to mold cannot be accepted as a donation EVER. 

Unless the item is vintage, antique, or serves a noticeable re-purposing function, it must be in working condition to be accepted.

Some items brand new in the box/original packaging may be accepted even if it is on the list of unacceptable donations – on a case by case basis.

 

Deconstruction

We also maintain our ReStore inventory by salvaging reusable items from homes that  are scheduled for demolition. Deconstruction is an easy way to recycle cabinets, sinks, toilets, carpeting, appliances, light fixtures, or anything else in decent condition and deserving of a “second chance.” If you would like to donate items from a home, our salvage crew can come and remove the items for you – Tax Deductible 501(c)(3) donation receipts are provided upon completion of the Deconstruction Project.

Hours & Location

Tue — Sat: 9am – 5pm
Sunday & Monday: CLOSED

2910 Elkhart Road
Goshen, Indiana 46526
Phone: (574) 533-1823

info@habitatec.com