I immediately discovered Restore - the Habitat for Humanity's thrift shop for building supplies. Their website says
The Habitat ReStore is a retail business which sells donated new and used building materials, electrical fixtures, appliances, kitchen cabinets, and more - at greatly reduced prices.
We accept new and used building materials in 100% working condition from remodeling jobs, business closeouts, contractors and builders.
The income generated from a ReStore is used to support Habitat's mission of building homes for families in order to eliminate substandard housing in Anchorage.
The part that really caught my eye was this line:
"Since 2004 the ReStore has diverted over 6 million pounds of product from the Anchorage Landfill."
But Monday I didn't know any of this. As I rode past I decided to check it out.
There's all this stuff sitting around. A lot of it had sold stickers. We're trying to get rid of stuff, not buy more stuff. It says they will pick up things. I like that idea a lot.
There was also an inside section.
For someone who wants inexpensive stuff and is willing to refinish or paint, this is a great opportunity. It's been there since 2004. Am I the last person to know about this place?
But now I have found it, all because I was on a bike, not in a car.
The proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity.
Here's the link to their guideline for donations. (It's a PDF file)
- there's lots of inexpensive stuff
- much of what they have would have gone to the landfill otherwise even though it's perfectly reusable
- you can get rid of stuff here
- it all benefits a good cause
Just so you know, recycling is chic. Check this page at the New York Times:
At this year’s International Furniture Fair, pieces made of industrial waste contrasted with luxurious items like deep-cushioned sofas that provide infantile comfort.After reading the whole article, there's a lot more luxury than landfill in the Milan exhibit.