Cheap Thrills: ReStores

On the weekend, I made a huge discovery; I visited one of Calgary’s two Habitat for Humanity ReStores. ReStores offer quality used and surplus building materials, fixtures, appliances and furniture at ridiculously low prices. The surplus items are donated by building-supply stores, contractors, demolition crews and individuals. I went in expecting leftover drywall and discarded sinks–much to my surprise, I was greeted by treasure after treasure.

On the first table sat piles of new, still in the box Delta Faucets. Gorgeous wall mount faucets, beautiful goose neck faucets, and heaps of new shower heads. All for $15-$40. Amazing! The next table was covered in boxes and boxes of door knobs; a great selection of nickle door knobs in all shapes and sizes, priced at $1 each! Beside that was a pile of curtain rods, around the corner, an entire wall of cupboard pulls, and across from that, a whole room dedicated to lighting fixtures. Yes, some were clearly of the “discarded” variety, but there were an equal number of “new-in-box” fixtures, priced from $25 to $100 each.

In addition to lighting, there was also a small selection of new, surplus appliances, including a stainless steel, french door refrigerator priced at $1,300. There was also loads of used and surplus doors, fancy all-weather windows, tubs, shower stalls, toilets, tiles, vanities, cabinets, and boxes and boxes of hardwood and laminate flooring.

I really wish I’d known about this place prior to our renovation. It will certainly be a must visit prior to our next reno and maybe even before. I’m eyeing my boring, builder basic doorknobs right now and thinking maybe I could use some of those $1 pulls!

And if amazing prices on high quality fixtures isn’t enough incentive for you, you can also feel good knowing that you’re not just being good to the environment by ensuring that less waste ends up in landfills: every purchase at the Habitat ReStores also helps build homes for families in need across Canada.

Click here for a list of Habitat ReStores across Canada.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009 by Lindsay Bowman
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4 Comments For This Post

  1. moggit girls Says:

    I once bought a pair of very sexy heels at a re-store. No word of a lie!

    Love your site btw (from two fellow Canucks)

    Joy and Janet

  2. Chris Says:

    We have a ReStore around the corner from our local Costco so whenever we’re stocking up on dry goods, I pop in to ReStore to see what’s new. And there’s ALWAYS something new.
    Last year I wrote about a spiral glass light fixture at ReStore that was subsequently bought by a friend and included in a TV makeover by Pure Design’s Samantha Pynn.

  3. Ruhlmann Says:

    There is a ReStore in St. Catharines that I pass whenever I visit freinds and I can not pass it without stopping to have a nose around. I buy old Mahogany (the African and Honduras ones that are not available anymore) at $10 a pair. I have made room dividers and to the floor window shutters from them. With a bit of reenforcing they can be made into more substantial furniture or architectural features. I am a cabinet finisher by trade and with a bit of work you can not see their original function. Great place for all kinds of stuff and a timely concept.

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