What is a 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 owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and proceeds are used to build homes, community, and hope locally and around the world.
This Habitat for Humanity ReStore® is proudly owned and operated by Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. At ReStore®, our staff and volunteers happily accept donations of new and gently used items. We sell those items to treasure hunters and bargain shoppers alike to raise money for our mission of providing affordable housing opportunities to our community. ReStore® provides a more affordable avenue for home improvement projects, all while keeping tons of perfectly good items from ending up in the landfill.
The goals of our ReStore® are to:
- generate additional financial support for Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity in an effort to eliminate poverty housing on the island
- provide value to the Kaua‘i community through sales of discounted building materials and other household items
- provide good stewardship of sustainable resources by diverting construction and household materials from landfills
ReStore® sells new and used discounted building and construction materials, home improvement items, and gently used furniture, appliances, clothing and household goods, to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. Proceeds from ReStore® support Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity’s mission to build decent, affordable housing.
History of Habitat ReStores
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 nearly 800 Habitat ReStores in the United States.
Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore® was opened in 2002. The building it occupies is currently owned by the State of Hawai‘i Department of Hawaiian Homelands and was used as a military storage facility during World War II, a lumber yard, and warehouse for a sugar plantation.