In July of 2010 a store opened up in Geauga County. It wasn’t a typical store where you go to buy brand new items and go home. It was a ReStore – a store that was filled with building materials and furnishings for home builders and home owners who could not or did not want to pay full price for these items, but needed good quality just the same. It was an outlet where builders and home owners could take slightly used materials and furnishings that they no longer needed and give someone else the opportunity to put them to good use AND a place where home builders and families who needed these items could find them – all housed under one roof.
What kind of items? Check out this list!
Small and Large Appliances
Paint and Wallpaper
At 50-75% off retail costs, these perfectly good materials that are sold to the public not only provide the new owners with a great deal, but also support ReStore’s other purpose: building houses for hardworking Geauga County families. ReStore is an affiliate of Habitat International (Habitat for Humanity), but they receive no financial support from the parent organization.
“We are a non-profit ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty one family at a time. We help build simple, decent homes for families in need right here in Geauga County.We are not a charity, but we are a charitable organization. In other words, a Habitat home is not free. Families we partner with are hard-working and must commit to 500 sweat equity hours. They must also be able to pay back a no-money-down, no-interest loan. This is how Habitat offers a hand up…not a hand out!” ~ReStore Website
ReStore is always in need of donations. “All of the items donated to the ReStore go into the store to be sold to the public,” says a bubbly Meredith who obviously loves what she does. “Our best sellers are furniture, cabinets, appliances, tools and housewares, and we are always looking to get more of those items.” The inventory is always changing. “You never know what you are going to find. We get one of a kind pieces, antiques, etc. We run a Silent Auction every month for unique articles where customers can bid on select items.”
If you live in Geauga County, you know how many good, caring people reside here. Many of them have chosen ReStore as the place to donate their time.”The ReStore is primarily staffed by volunteers,” shares Meredith. “This helps keep overhead costs low to raise more money for Habitat. We have an amazing group of over 60 weekly volunteers in the ReStore alone!”
ReStore offers free pick-ups for items that are too large to be dropped off. They accept pre-approved donations Wednesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check their website for a detailed list of acceptable and non-acceptable items or give them a call. Better yet, stop in and take a look around! Chat with one of the volunteers you’ll be greeted by and find out more about what they do. If you find yourself impressed and want to help out, but have no items to contribute at this time, you can always make a monetary donation either in person or online. You can be sure your gift will be put to good use. Because of caring people, Habitat Geauga is working on their 81st home!
ReStore is located at
12180 Kinsman Rd.
Newbury, OH 44065
(Just west of Route 44)
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Habitat ReStore Office: (440) 564-7475