When many people think of donating their items, they think of the Salvation Army or Goodwill or sometimes private donations. While these are all established organizations, I wanted to give you guys my thoughts on one of my favorite places, the organization where I am choosing to donate some of my bulk things (like my beloved couch): the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

Most people know of Habitat for Humanity as the organization that helps people build homes – and I love Habitat just for that! In fact, on my birthday two years ago, I did a Habitat build day with several friends because I can’t love this organization enough (that’s the pic in this blog).

I didn’t, however, know about the ReStore until I moved to Florida. One of my best friends introduced me to it, when I was shopping for furniture for my first apartment alone.

The ReStores are a brand of Habitat that describe themselves as “nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price.”

What’s really cool about them is that they are owned by local Habitat organizations, i.e., the Habitat of Seminole-Apopka, which is where I live, owns and manages their own ReStore, so when I donate to them, I’m donating to a very local organization, despite being part of the larger Habitat umbrella.

According to the site, “proceeds are used to help build strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter in local communities and around the world.”

For all the choices I could have made for some of my more special pieces, I’m really, really glad I decided to go with the ReStore. Habitat is an amazing organization, so next time you have a donation, look beyond just Salvation Army and Goodwill and think of the ReStore! 🙂

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