While I've absolutely loved my first few months living in San Diego, there are nearly 8,700 people who live here without a home. Coming from New York City where there is a substantial homeless population, I was shocked by the number of people I saw living on the streets of San Diego, sleeping in parks or makeshift tent cities. Habitat for Humanity is a great organization that aims to mitigate this problem by creating homes for ownership by low-income families in need. They believe that every man, woman, and child deserves a safe and affordable home to live in dignity and safety. One way you can support this organization is by shopping from or donating to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. At the ReStore, you can find great deals on building materials and home furnishings while promoting recycling, reusing, and repurposing of quality items. They sell everything from light bulbs to lumber, windows and washing machines. Keep reading to see pictures from my recent visit to the ReStore, and get a feel for all the cool stuff you can get there for 30-70% off retail price.
The San Diego ReStore is located at 10222 San Diego Mission Road. You can sign up to volunteer at the ReStore anytime. You can do a morning shift, afternoon shift, or work all day if you like. I recently spent a morning shift volunteering where I assisted with cleaning new donations and organizing the existing inventory. The ReStore is one of Habitat for Humanities biggest fundraisers, and the proceeds made from sales help fund the construction of Habitat homes throughout San Diego. Many of the items that are donated to the ReStore will be used in the new homes that are being built, keeping tons of usable resources out of the landfill. You can find lumber and building materials, windows, appliances, paint, tiles, bath fixtures, furnishings and more.
Come ready to dig, but you can definitely find some treasures. This antique piano is pretty cool, and that rolling table would be perfect for a fun DIY makeover.
It's not much to look at from the outside, but the ReStore is a really cool place filled with all kinds of interesting stuff, and definitely worth a visit. Whether you are looking for discounted home building supplies or are doing a remodel and need to unload some unwanted goods, the Habitat ReStore is a great resource to keep in mind. All donations are tax-deductible, and you can call the store to arrange a donation pick-up. Be sure to check out the Habitat for Humanity website to see if there is a local ReStore in your area.