The local Santa Barbara chapter of Habitat for Humanity (Habitat Santa Barbara) is offering a chance for area residents to improve their homes, save some money, and help the environment and their community this Earth Day — and every day.
Habitat Santa Barbara operates a nonprofit ReStore, which is part home-improvement store, part home-goods store and part resale store. The ReStore, at 6860 Cortona Drive, Ste. A, Goleta, offers new and gently used building materials, appliances, furniture, and home decor.
All inventory is donated and prices are discounted at 50-80 percent off retail value. Customers benefit by getting good prices on their purchases and the purchases support Habitat Santa Barbara and keep those items out of landfills.
The ReStore, which offers a wide selection that changes frequently, caters to anyone from the do-it-yourselfer, to the homeowner, renter, landlord, contractor, interior designer, environmentalist, or treasure hunter.
Without the ReStore, many of the donated items would contribute to the community’s already overflowing landfills. Shopping at the ReStore is environmentally friendly and reduces waste, but the inventory is anything but garbage.
Much of the inventory comes from items that go unsold in a traditional home improvement store or are gently used appliances and furniture that the previous owners have generously donated. The ReStore is rigorous in researching and evaluating a donation before accepting it to ensure it is a quality product.
The ReStore needs donations and volunteers to operate. Volunteer opportunities are available five days a week for individuals and groups. For more, visit the volunteer page www.sbhabitat.org/volunteer.
The ReStore is open to the public 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. The store entry and parking are at the rear of the building.
One hundred percent of the profits go to supporting Habitat Santa Barbara’s program operations to build homes, communities and hope. For a detailed list of inventory items, visit the Diggers List at www.diggerslist.com/sbhabitat.
Habitat Santa Barbara is a local nonprofit established in 2000 and designed to building strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. Habitat Santa Barbara partners with low to moderate-income individuals and families in southern Santa Barbara County to build or improve a place to call home.
Homeowners build alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Habitat Santa Barbara has built 22 new homes for 84 people, 50 percent of whom are children, as well as helped rebuild and repair 150 homes on the South Coast.
For more information, visit www.sbhabitat.org or contact Lauren Winnewisser, 805-692-2226 or Lauren@sbhabitat.org.
— Elliot Landon for Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County.