The "re" in Habitat for Humanity ReStore's name is a nod to recycling, one of the stores' main goals. Each store is stocked with a rotation of gently used and discounted home-improvement supplies. That could mean wares that range from granite countertops to plumbing fixtures, all selling for up to 75% off retail prices.
The stores benefit their communities by minimizing waste and rendering home improvement more affordable, but they don't stop there. The proceeds from their sales benefit local chapters of Habitat for Humanity, funding affordable housing for those who need it.
Turk Furniture has a 125-year-long tradition of beautifying homes with furniture from brand names such as Palliser, Broyhill, and Flexsteel. At the start of each showroom visit, design experts render a quick sketch of clients' rooms, surveying existing furnishings while ignoring unmentionable elephants. Using this information, clients can redecorate rooms with a comfy recliner, update living areas with new entertainment consoles, and dress naked walls in leaning bookcases.
Staffers at Danville Trading Post love finding creative ways to link up antique and gently used merchandise with the community: they promised, for example, to give away a vintage wedding dress to whomever it fit first, and sure enough, the gown soon found a new closet free of charge. Though the inventory constantly changes, treasure hunters can find plenty of unique and historic items for sale, from vintage Coca-Cola vending machines to TV screens.
Teeki Hut implants a bevy of bright images and custom designs on wearable and washable T-shirts. Couture seekers can stop by the surf-themed shop to peruse a selection of pre-designed images and rows of tees in toddler, juniors, and unisex sizes, searching for the perfect combination to suit their personality or penchant for going pants-less. Paste an image of KISS on a colorful short sleeve, or fuse a favorite Sesame Street character onto an American Apparel 100% organic cotton tee sprinkled with gold glitter ink and aqua rhinestones ($5 additional fee).
Inside Out's exterior designers upgrade properties' peripheries with customized landscape architecture. During a complimentary consultation, clients meet with open-air artisans to evaluate wants, needs, and prophetic dreams such as water features (starting at $4,000), gas-fed cultured-stone outdoor kitchen islands with granite tops and 24-inch grills ($7,500), or an outdoor kitchen ($9,000+). Based on this information, the firm's consultant will devise a master plan to create sunlit spaces that boast similar comfort and style to their indoor counterparts.