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Home improvement items resold at ReStore

Posted June 30, 2009 5:24 p.m. EDT
Updated June 30, 2009 6:33 p.m. EDT

— When you are trying to save money, house projects often get moved to the back burner. However, there is a place where the prices on remodeling products are so low – you can probably still get the job done.

At the Habitat for Humanity of Wake County ReStore, 2420 Raleigh Blvd., you can buy discounted building materials and a lot more.

“Our bathtubs will range anywhere from $25 to $200, depending on the condition and the quality,” said Anthony Rizzo, with the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

Rizzo said the store takes in donated, new or gently-used building materials and then sells them at discount. Doors cost as little as $5, carpets go for 50 cents a square foot and tile is priced at 75 cents.

“There's no way to guarantee what will be here at what time, but I've seen everything from nuts and bolts, to furniture and appliances, lumber, and everything in between,” Rizzo said.

Profits help fund the construction of Habitat for Humanity homes throughout the community.

"Hardwood flooring is still usable and salvageable so our crew will tear it up, take all the nails out, package it back up again, bring it back to the store and resell it for about $2 a square foot," Rizzo said.

There are a lot of knobs and drawer pulls.

"Paint is $5 for a single gallon and $10 for a 5-gallon bucket," Rizzo said.

“Today we're shopping for sinks for our bathrooms,” customer Mary Hales said.

Hales is rebuilding her home that burned. She visits The ReStore weekly.

“We love it. We have saved so much money. I bought my kitchen cabinets from here. I got an estimate from a cabinet maker (and) the lowest would be $8,000 and I bought some here for gosh a fraction of that, a fourth of that cost. So we're saving a lot of money,” Hales said.

Nancy Wilks also shops frequently for her rental property.

“I found the most awesome gas stove with an electric convection oven – a nice slide-in. And it was $200. It's normally a $2,000 stove,” Wilks said.

You can also find a few unusual items at The ReStore, such as a dance floor or a toilet seat cover dispenser. 

"You can be surprised as what you can find here," Rizzo said.

"I recommend it to everybody. It's a good find. I'll tell you that," Hales said.

The Habitat Restore program also keeps a lot of construction material out of the landfill. To find a store near you, click here.