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.