Habitat for Humanity ReStore offers home items at a deep discount
PORTLAND (WGME) -- Whether you're flipping a house or looking to update your own home, you don't necessarily have to buy those items at full price.
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is full of good finds at a deep discount.
"Doors and windows, trim and lumber, kitchen cabinet sets, counter tops, we even have stone counter tops," says Portland ReStore Manager Andrew Smith.
The donated items are gently used, or even brand new sometimes, and are offered at 50-80% off retail prices. That's why Cindy Johnston says she comes about once a week.
"We redo houses, so I'm always looking for good deals on furniture, vanities, granite counter tops," says Johnston. "You want to make a profit, so it's good that you can get something at a lower cost."
While many come to shop, Smith says others drop in to drop off.
"You can take an itemized tax deduction for your donated items and you save on waste costs typically incurred if you're going to toss items or bring them to the dump," Smith says.
Smith adds that profits are used to support Habitat for Humanity home building projects in the Greater Portland area.
"You're supporting the local economy too and you're helping to build affordable housing in your community," says Smith, "That's what we do, is to offer this stuff and to help our construction projects to complete those homes."
Johnston calls it a win-win.
"They have lots of stores," says Johnston, "I'm going to make a trip to Waterville to see theirs."
Habitat for Humanity does pick up some donations, but there are a few requirements.