Habitat ReStore bargains help build community

Inside the ReStore you’ll find deals on a variety of items

Habitat Restore bargains help build homes for families in need
Habitat Restore bargains help build homes for families in need

ROANOKE, Va. – Construction on this year’s “Home for Good” is almost to the halfway point as WSLS 10 News, Habitat for Humanity in the Roanoke Valley, generous community sponsors and volunteers build a home for a Roanoke native.

One of the ways Habitat is able to continue its mission is through the Habitat ReStore, where the bargains there are helping to build affordable housing across the Roanoke Valley.

Inside the ReStore, located at 3435 Melrose Avenue in Roanoke, you’ll find deals on a variety of brand new and gently used items for your home, from furniture to construction supplies to hardware to wall art. Prices on these items can be anywhere from 30-75% below retail prices.

“It’s a pretty wide variety and we try to keep it exciting so when customers come in multiple times a week they can find something different each time,” said Joe Tucciarone, Director of the ReStore for Habitat for Humanity in the Roanoke Valley.

10 News talked with one regular customer who appreciates the deals.

“I come down here all of the time,” he said. “I get materials for the rental house. Materials for my house. Everything. I just like the prices.”

Every time people shop at the ReStore, they are helping to support Habitat’s mission.

“All of our profits go directly into the Habitat affiliate so that we can use those funds to buy materials for our partner families,” Tucciarone said.

For those looking to volunteer with Habitat but uncertain about picking up a hammer or tools to help, Tucciarone said the ReStore has its own volunteer opportunities.

“We always say you don’t have to lift a hammer to help, and there’s lots of opportunities to help,” Tucciarone said. People in the community can also give back by donating items to the ReStore.

The ReStore also aims to help homeowners in the community maintain their homes at a fraction of the retail cost while helping the environment.

“A lot of the things that we sell are big bulky items that could potentially have been put out on a curb and end up in a landfill,” Tucciarone said. “Last year we estimate that about 60 tons of material was kept out of the landfill. So just to visualize that, that’s about 100 trash trucks.”

The ReStore is another key part of Habitat’s mission to open the door to homeownership for more families in the Roanoke Valley.

The ReStore is open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The ReStore is closed Sunday and Monday.

Donations can be dropped off Tuesday-Saturday during the store’s regular business hours. The ReStore can also pick up large, bulky items free of charge.

For more information about shopping, donating or volunteering at the ReStore, click here.


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