ReStore: Iowa City’s Hidden Treasure
Every summer, as homeowners take on renovation projects and apartments make room for a new wave of occupants, we’ve become accustomed to having city streets lined with abandoned furniture, fixtures, various home accessories, and more. While many of these items may seem old and unusable, often times there are people or organizations that could put them to good use.
Luckily, there are several organizations in our community whose mission is to give second life to items that otherwise might have ended up in a landfill. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting two of these organizations: Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore and the Salvage Barn.
The Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore is located at the East Side Recycling Center off of Scott Boulevard in Iowa City. It is a “10,000-square-foot treasure chest” that collects and sells gently used furniture, appliances, fixtures, and construction materials. You can find a wide variety of items, including lighting, roofing, cabinets, lumber, paint, windows, furniture, and more.
Donate. Don’t dump.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore accepts small and large donations of new or reusable items. For a complete list of what they will accept, check out the ReStore website. The best part? Donating is easy! ReStore offers a free pickup service. All you have to do is fill out their Donation Pickup Form.
Secondhand doesn’t have to mean second best.
If you’re improving your home on a budget, you don’t have to sacrifice quality for cost. ReStore takes pride in providing shoppers with a selection of high-quality new and gently used items at a fraction of the cost. Most items are priced 50–85% off of the original price. ReStore is constantly getting in new donations, so make sure you check back often!
Habitat for Humanity—which runs ReStore—builds strength, stability, and self-reliance by providing families in need with well-built and affordable homes. The nonprofit organization operates in nearly 1,400 communities across the United States and approximately 70 countries around the world. With the assistance of local volunteers, Habitat homeowners are able to build their own homes, which translates into an affordable mortgage and the independence they need to build a better life.
In addition to donating all proceeds from sales to local Habitat for Humanity affiliates for future building projects, ReStore runs the Furniture Project. This program was created to connect with individuals and families in a time of crisis or need through local agencies and provide them with furniture and household items. Everything is priced between $1 and $10 to ensure that those in need have access to the basics, including couches, dining tables, mattresses, kitchen utensils, and more.
The Iowa City Iowa Valley ReStore location is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9–5. Need inspiration for how to upcycle some of your Habitat for Humanity ReStore finds? Check out our Urban Acres Pinterest boards.