The USA Today recently published an article about the success of Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore’s. At a time when the government and private foundations are cutting their budgets, the ReStore provides a steady source of revenue for the non-profit organization.
Mark Rakke, a self-described “scavenger and salvager” was happy to find a home for the extra tiles cluttering up his shed and perhaps give them a second life in someone else’s kitchen.
Miguel Magia helps move furniture into the new Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Purcellville, Va.
Rakke donated the tiles to the new Habitat for Humanity ReStore outlet in St. Cloud, Minn., that sells donated building materials, furniture and other items to help support its mission of building and renovating homes for low-income people.
“I think it’s a great idea,” he says. “I’m glad it’s going to a good cause and it gets recycled rather than getting thrown away.”
In an economy where it’s unusual to find a business opening new stores, expanding existing ones and enjoying brisk sales, the non-profit Habitat for Humanity is bucking economic trends with its ReStore outlets.
The first ReStore opened in the mid-1980s in Winnipeg, Canada, followed by the first U.S. store in Austin, as a way for Habitat to raise revenue and promote its message of sustainability, says Larry Gluth, Habitat senior vice president.
The concept has grown continually the past 10 years and there are more than 750 stores nationwide with total sales estimated at between $350 million and $400 million annually, he says. “The number is continuing to grow,” Gluth says.