As home and business owners, quite often we find ourselves having to make some repairs. I own a large, very old home and much of my free time is spent taking care of it and all its nooks and crannies.
While there are some things I always hire tradesmen to handle, I do a lot of the work myself. I enjoy it and it also cuts down on expenses. One of my secret weapons in this mission is the Habitat for Humanity Restore.
The Restore is located at 3629 Mississippi Avenue in Davenport, Iowa, behind the Dahl Ford dealership on Kimberly Road. I chose to write about this place because just about everyone I ask has never heard of this fantastic establishment.
The Restore sells new or “gently used” building materials that are super cheap. All of the goods are donated, oftentimes from businesses or foremen who are starting or finishing renovation jobs.
This means that the inventory is constantly changing but they always have doors, cabinets, tiles, furniture, lights, and a few appliances. They also sell gardening supplies, paint and painting accessories, and tools. All throughout the store are different tips on how to use certain items or creative tips on Do-It-Yourself Projects.
The Restore helps a lot of people in the community in several different ways. It helps out businesses that have building materials that oftentimes would end up in landfills otherwise; it helps people like me access professional grade materials at a remarkable discount; and it helps to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that focuses on helping families build and manage new homes. Families are chosen based on certain criteria, help in building the home, then slowly pay Habitat for Humanity once they move in and take over the house. The Restore provides many of the funds, volunteers, and materials for their mission.
The Habitat for Humanity Restore does have limited hours, so before you visit you will want to check to make sure that they are open. Whether you’re a tradeswoman with extra materials to donate, a craftsman looking for some new tools, or a homeowner looking to update your house, give the Restore a try, it’s a great place to visit and support!