Why the New South Philly ReStore is Worth Getting Excited About

Q. I heard the Habitat ReStore is coming to South Philly!  Is it true?!

A. You heard right—the ReStore is growing! We’re thrilled to announce the Grand Opening of our NEW location in South Philadelphia at 2318 Washington Avenue on June 26 and 27.  Our bright new storefront is the newest addition to the bustling Washington Ave. retail corridor, and it’s is easily accessible from Center City, University City, I-76 and I-95.  As a beacon for bargain deals, Habitat’s ReStore draws contractors, DIYers, home designers and others looking for high quality building supplies, appliances, furniture and home goods at deep discounts.

And the South Philly ReStore is coming at perfect place and the perfect time, as Washington Ave’s revitalization becomes a symbol of neighborhood revitalization across Philadelphia.  Top among U.S. Cities for tourism, shopping and “going green,” there’s no denying it—our city is on the rise. And who better to promote great shopping and urban sustainability than Habitat Philadelphia, with our ReStore?

New Habitat for Humanity ReStore in South Philadelphia

Here’s what our new South Philly ReStore will look like when it opens in June 2015.

Awesome!  How does the ReStore work, anyway?

Great question. The Habitat ReStore accepts donations of furniture, building supplies and home goods, then we resell them at our storefront, open to the public—and all proceeds go straight back into Habitat’s affordable housing work, helping us build and repair more homes in partnership with low-income families in need of a safe, healthy place to call home.  It’s easy to donate to the ReStore and it’s a great choice for the environment—we offer free donation pick-ups five days each week, and since 2012 we’ve kept more than 1500 tons of perfectly good furniture, home goods, etc. from ending up in landfills.  (Check out our website for lots more info about the ReStore.)

So—why should I shop at the Restore?  Aren’t there a ton of other second-hand stores in Philly?

There are.  But the ReStore isn’t like other thrift stores, you see.  You’ll find amazing furniture, appliances and building supplies here at 50 to 75% off their original cost—making your home redesign, renovation or DIY project affordable and unique.  Our inventory consists of thousands of new and gently-used items and our inventory is always changing, so you’ll see different pieces every time you visit.  And you know that every dollar you spend makes a difference in the lives of a hardworking local family.

Smart.  Very smart.  And it just so happens that I’m renovating my house!  What kinds of things can I donate to the ReStore?

Glad you asked—the ReStore accepts everything from windows to washing machines!  Here’s a partial list of what we can take:

  • Kitchen appliances, large and small
  • Cabinets
  • Furniture
  • Air Conditioning & Heating Units
  • Electrical fixtures, parts, supplies
  • Lighting and ceiling fans
  • Lumber
  • Plumbing – Toilets, vanities, shower enclosures
  • Doors
  • Tile/Hard-Wood Flooring
  • Wood or Vinyl windows
  • Hand or power tools
  • Electronics – flat screen TVs/DVD, CD & VCR/Record players

You can see the full list at www.habitatphiladelphia.org/items-accepted.  It’s the safe, easy, reliable way to get rid of those kitchen cabinets, that refrigerator or range, or the old bedroom furniture.  Have functioning power tools or leftover building supplies that you aren’t using?  We’ll take ‘em!  Is your company renovating the office and wondering what to do with 25 office chairs?  We’ll come pick ‘em up!  Better yet, every donation is fully tax-deductible!  Ready to donate to the ReStore?  Call us at 215.739.9300 or fill out our online donation form and we’ll send out our friendly, professional staff to pick up your donations for free.

And how about shopping the ReStore?  Any ideas for what to do with all these great pieces I’m finding?

Absolutely—the possibilities are endless!  The ReStore is the perfect home design outlet for all sorts of people.  You can find the perfect piece to complement your existing décor and complete your cozy home vibe.  The ReStore attracts creative types and it’s a goldmine for “upcycling”—taking old household items and creatively repurposing and refinishing them to make something creative, quirky and beautiful for the home.  In fact, this past January we hosted the Upcycle Challenge DIY design competition at the Philadelphia Home Show, inviting local designers and DIY experts to create home design pieces using only items they found at the ReStore.  Here are a couple of examples of their work:

The Habitat Restore Upcycle Challenge DIY design entry

Heather Ely’s DIY planter is a repurposed buffet table she found at the ReStore.

Habitat ReStore Upcycle Challenge DIY Home Design

Jenna Alpher repurposed cabinets and a classic red wagon–so creative!

Kyle Wareham, a regular ReStore shopper, walked away with the first-place prize.  He explains what he likes about the ReStore:  “At the ReStore, everything can be used to make something else.  Chandeliers can be used to make terrariums for plants, track lights can be used to make planters, and bed frames can be used for hanging vines.  The fun thing about the ReStore is that even if you don’t find what you were looking for the first time, you go the next day and you might find it, since they keep bringing in new things.  It’s worth going there every day—and the new ReStore location is so close to my place that I’ll be there all the time!”  You can see all of the 2015 entries, including Kyle’s winning piece, on Pinterest.

Looking for some starter ideas?  There’s lot of info online–check out these DIY design websites to get inspired:

Buzzfeed:  31 Insanely Easy and Clever DIY Projects

Architecturendesign.net: 29 cool backyard furniture DIYs

25 Easy and Brilliant Tips to Give a New Life to Old Furniture

36 Easy and Beautiful DIY Projects for Home Decorating

The ReStore sounds like an awesome place–I’m sold.  How can I shop?  When is the South Philly location opening?

We can’t wait to see you there!  We’re renovating our new Washington Avenue location as we speak and we’ll be opening our doors to the public in June—stay tuned on Facebook and Twitter for updates about the Grand Opening on June 26 and 27.  See you at the Habitat ReStore!

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About Habitat Philadelphia

Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia is an independently chartered affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), the largest nonprofit homebuilder worldwide. Locally, Habitat Philadelphia is on a mission to transform lives and our city by building and repairing quality homes in partnership with families in need, and uniting all Philadelphians around the cause of affordable housing. Our Vision is a city where all Philadelphians live in safe, affordable homes.
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One Response to Why the New South Philly ReStore is Worth Getting Excited About

  1. Pennsport Upcycler says:

    CAN NOT WAIT!!! Love, love, love ReStore and Habitat!

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