What is the Habitat for Humanity ReStore?
Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Habitat for Humanity ReStores are proudly owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and proceeds are used to build homes, community, and hope locally and around the world.
The Benefits of ReStore
Through the selling of donated construction and home related items, we aim to:
- Increase the number of homes built by Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley for low-income families.
- Prevent usable items from going to landfills.
- Provide quality home improvement items to the general public at discounted prices.
The first Habitat for Humanity ReStore opened in Austin, Texas in 1992 as a means to sell donated building material that went unused at the Habitat for Humanity construction sites. Since then, Habitat affiliates have opened more than 800 ReStores across the U.S. and Canada and now sell everything from household items to furniture.
Habitat opened its first Bay Area ReStore in San Leandro in 2003. For two years the 5,000 sq. ft. store operated similar to a garage sale until, in 2005, it outgrew the space and moved to its current home, a 15,000 sq. ft. building in Oakland.
In 2012, two major Bay Area Habitat affiliates merged to form Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley and, as one of its first initiatives, the new unified affiliate opened a ReStore in San Jose. The new store originally operated out of a temporary location in a small downtown warehouse where it collected and sold donated items until the larger, permanent location was ready. This permanent location opened in 2014 at the San Jose Environmental Innovation Center (EIC). The EIC, in partnership with the City of San Jose, houses several environmentally friendly organizations and is a great fit for the ReStore and its efforts to keep usable items out of the landfills.
In 2015, Habitat EBSV opened two new locations for a total of four stores that span the affiliate service area. The new locations are in Santa Clara and Concord. The grand opening of both stores was held July 24-25, 2015.