Heads Up, South Philly: The ReStore Hits Washington Ave!

Ahh, summer!  School’s out, the Shore is calling, the Pope is on his way to Philly. But what’s really got DIY designers, home renovators and deal-hunters buzzing is our new ReStore, opening at 2318 Washington Avenue on Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 17.  This is BIG, friends, and we’re inviting the entire city to help us celebrate!
Habitat For Humanity ReStore in South Philly

Won’t be long now! The space is looking great, inside and out.

The ReStore Grand Opening is (in our humble opinion) the very definition of a summer blockbuster.  Why?  For one, we’re the next great thing on the Washington Avenue West retail corridor, just down the street from Kermit’s Bake Shoppe, Nextfab, Cafe Ynez and Builders’ Row–and just blocks from six new Habitat homes we’ve just finished in Point Breeze.  And the ReStore is a case study in local sustainability–every dollar of profit helps us build and repair more homes across Philadelphia, empowers more low-income families in need of housing, and gives perfectly good home materials a second life instead of going to the landfill.  As far as we can tell, that’s one of the best business models in town.

Habitat Philadelphia ReStore Grand Opening:  high-end furniture, kitchen appliances and flat-screen televisions

Some of what you’ll see at the Grand Opening: high-end furniture, kitchen appliances and flat-screen televisions!

And let’s talk about the shopping. The ReStore is the best place in town to find high-quality, second-hand furniture, building supplies, home decor and appliances.  We sell items at 50-70% below their original value, so you’ll find serious deals everywhere you look.  We’ve been saving some pretty amazing stuff for the Grand Opening–think West Elm, The Sharper Image, Colonial Marble, Daltile and more.  And the inventory is always changing, so you’ll see new deals every time you visit!

“But,” you ask, “is it really worth going to the Grand Opening? I mean it’s summer, it’s hot, and I’d rather sit on my couch watching Game of Thrones, thank you very much.”  Yes, it is totally worth going to the Grand Opening, and here’s why.  We’re giving out $10 in ReStore bucks to the first 100 people through the door Friday and Saturday–and getting there early means you’ll get first pass on the amazing pieces we have in stock!  Don’t miss food from Federal Donuts, Rosa’s Fresh Pizza (as seen on the Ellen Show!), Kermit’s Bake Shoppe, and the Schmear It Bagel Truck, and soak up the South Philly party vibe with a DJ and raffle prizes through Saturday afternoon!

And while you’re at the ReStore, remember that there’s no better source in town for DIYers, Upcyclers, and creative home design.  Whether you’re a seasoned do-it-yourself pro or you’re just getting your feet wet, we’ve got what you need to start (and finish) an amazing home project on a budget–whether you’re painting a bedroom, upcycling a piece of furniture, or installing new kitchen cabinets.  Looking for ideas?  Stop by the Grand Opening Friday 11 am – 3 pm and Saturday 11 am – 2 pm to chat with celebrity DIY home-renovation experts Steve Thomas (of This Old House) and Theresa Clement (of MyFixitUpLife.com) about all your home improvement and design questions.  Wondering how to refinish that cool old rocking chair you just picked up from the ReStore?  Not sure how to install a backsplash on your kitchen counters? Come by and find out from the pros!  In the meantime, check out Theresa’s fabulous blog on how she transformed three old chairs from the ReStore into bright, breezy new pieces.  And wander through her website for step-by-step guides to upcycle old doors (and you’ll find plenty at the ReStore!), paint a room, and start a DIY pallet project.  Get inspired, then get started at the Habitat ReStore!

Habitat Philadelphia ReStore DIY Upcycling

A sampling of what you’ll find at the Restore–paradise for DIY and Upcycling projects!

Can’t make it to the Grand Opening?  The ReStore is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday each week, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm!  (We’ll be closed on July 4th.)  Getting rid of furniture, home goods or building supplies?  It’s easy to donate to the ReStore—schedule your free donation pick-up by calling us at 215.739.9300 or visiting our website.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and photos coming out of the South Philly ReStore (and sneak a peek at the great things we’ll have for sale).  Spread the word about the new ReStore on social media using #ReStorePhilly.

Habitat for Humanity South Philadelphia ReStore floor layout

An eagle’s eye view of the floor layout at the new ReStore. So much great stuff.


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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