Tuesday, September 21, 2010

ReStore ing in Fort Walton Beach

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Pam and I looked forward to our stint at the ReStore of Fort Walton Beach.  We stopped by a few days ago, introduced ourselves and asked if we could volunteer.  We asked if they needed help on Saturday and they told us to be there at 9:00 AM.
The facility is at a great location in town.
The one in Fort Walton Beach is 8,000 square feet of furniture, supplies and construction materials.
Inside, it looks like a furniture store/warehouse type of arrangement.
Habitat has a number of ReStores in communities or counties where they have established Habitat for Humanity chapters.  The purpose of the ReStore is to raise significant funds to help pay the costs of building homes.  The ReStore is a great concept.

Many of the materials are donated to ReStore.  Often the same material can be found at Home Depot or Furniture or thrift stores.  The merchandise in the ReStore is priced to move~they want to sell this stuff and it really is a win-win.  People who want a bargain can get what they need, the ReStore can make some funds to defray operating costs and generate capitol for construction materials for new homes.

On Saturday, our job was to paint the shelving that had been donated.  The shelving was the heavy duty home depot like shelving and we spent our day covering them in green.  A different group of volunteers had started the previous week painting both blue and green on the shelves.  We were able to finish up for them.
We got quite a workout.  The temperature outside was 95 degrees inside we had a couple of large fans going but we were sweating like we were in the sauna.  There was a breeze and the guys were very appreciative so we had a good day.

Have you been to a ReStore?  You might want to check it out next time you get a chance.  There may be one near you...just Google "Restore" along with "your town".

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  1. Restore's are a great place to find remodel stuff.We have two here in the KC area.

  2. Never heard of a Re-Store...I WILL Google it!!! Nothing like a great day of helping out, sweating like pigs and feeling bone tired...Truly a great feeling, eh??

  3. That is a super nice store! I love ReStores, we have one very close to us but it's tiny.

  4. Love the Restore shops. When we had a stick and brick home, we bought our washer and dryer there for our self and for our daughter. Great deals and nice items.

  5. Wow, never thought of just volunteering for a day here or there as we travel. Even a day of a few people cleaning, straightening and spiffing up fixtures is a big help, I am sure!

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

  6. I've heard of those places, but didn't know you could buy stuff there. I thought they used a lot of those materials in the making of the houses for Habitat for Humanity.

    Wonderful that you are volunteering to help them out!

    Kevin and Ruth

  7. We have a Re-store in Bellingham, WA. Ron has gotten some things there before. He likes going just to check things out.

    So good to get caught up with you. We are almost done with the carnival season. Three days of the fair, one day of tear down for me and Ron has a week of tear down.

    Take care and God Bless.