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Last weekend, after finishing some (exhausting) volunteer work with some fellow grad students, I decided I was close enough to Habitat Restore (the Grant Park location) to check things out. I’d been meaning to visit a long time ago, but then… you know… suddenly it’s nap time and a new season of Archer is on Netflix.
I’d heard that it’s basically like a thrift home improvement store. Builders and contractors will drop items off after renovating a house, so new and used home supplies wind up at Restore with a steep discount. The stock can range from decorative items to actual behind-the-walls types of supplies. I immediately recognized a few schoolhouse light shades (my guess is they first came from somewhere like Lowe’s, since that’s where I got mine). While these aren’t very expensive at the home improvement store to begin with (I spent $4 on each replacement shade for my upstairs hallways), the discount at Restore was about 50-70%. If you only need one or two and aren’t concerned about them matching perfectly, consider stopping here first.
When restaurants or hotels renovate or close down, their furnishings may be donated to Restore, too. I loved the arms on this set of chairs. I think a little paint and new fabric could give them new life in a dining room. I still need to find two more chairs for my dining room makeover (cough cough I’ll get back around to it soon cough), so I may swing back to see if these are still available next weekend.
Unique to this store: a local high-end lighting fixture designer donates all of their discontinued models. The top two are examples of some of the modern fixtures I spotted (I love that large white one). The copper ones (my favorite, since I’m hoping to incorporate a lot of copper into my kitchen makeover) appeared to be from a restaurant liquidation. There were at least ten in various states of wear & tear lining several shelves. Again, I may have to swing back to see if any are left.
As you can probably guess from that previous picture, the items may sell at a discount, but it’s not uncommon to find pricier items. These signs were HUGE. At $99, I think that big blue one would look really cool in a modern setting (I’m thinking white walls and brick, minimal furnishings).
Toward the back of the store are the actual home improvement supplies. Like this container full of wood chips. And tile. And doors. And grout. And…
I almost picked up a set of these gloves. Nitrile coated gloves withstand a lot and are usually around $20 for a set. There was a giant bin of these guys at less than three bucks per pair.
My trip to Restore was short-lived, but I’m glad I went. Just like a thrift store, discounts and specials are posted each week (like 30% off for light fixtures, 20% off for certain days of the week, etc.). I didn’t actually wind up purchasing anything (just the thought of pulling out my wallet seemed exhausting after a morning of wearing out my shoulders), but now I’m definitely thinking I need to check out the other Atlanta location too. Have you been to Habitat Restore? Did you find anything unique?