|ReStore Saginaw||ReStore Owosso|
|Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
|Wednesday – Friday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
|315 W. Holland Avenue||1494 N. M-52|
|Saginaw, MI 48601||Owosso, MI 48867|
|(989) 754-9435||(989) 720-1494|
A ReStore is a new way of recycling and raising money for operational expenses of Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity. Products sold include cabinets, windows, screens, doors, fixtures, and lighting units culled or donated from remodeling projects or house demolitions; donated close-out items from home supply stores ranging from tools to wallpaper to paint; and left-over or extra materials like roofing, siding and floor covering from groups like the Home Builders Association. The gathered goods are then sold at 50 percent off their value.
Studies show 68 percent of the buyers at existing ReStores are low-income residents looking for a bargain. Dozens of Habitat affiliates in Michigan and elsewhere are operating successful ReStores. The concept is unique in Saginaw & Shiawassee County. The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Wolohan Lumber, United Building Centers and Meijer are supportive and have already donated materials. This is yet another way of approaching Habitat’s goal to eliminate substandard housing.
There are no primary competitors with the ReStore in Saginaw or Shiawassee County. The ReStore is the only local retail business selling recycled building and home-improvement supplies. Secondary competition with local retail home improvement stores will be unlikely due to lower ReStore sales volumes, the types of materials sold, and the nature of the average customer.
A changing downward economy will have little impact on the ReStore. The ReStore will provide an outlet for retail businesses to contribute home improvement materials they cannot sell in return for tax deductions, therefore gaining some value for the material. The ReStore also provides building and home improvement materials at significant cost savings, allowing the pursuit of home improvement even in tight economic conditions.
The ReStore conserves resources by keeping otherwise unwanted items out of landfills. It is expected that during each year of operation, thousands of pounds of concrete block, wood, metal, plastic, porcelain, and other materials will be salvaged, representing hundreds of cubic yards of landfill saved. Some Habitat affiliates actually weigh their donated items to determine gross weight of materials conserved.
Lastly, the ReStore is a chance to engage dozens of non-construction volunteers in the ministry of Habitat through meaningful opportunities such as pick-up and delivery, stocking of materials, inventory maintenance, sales, bookkeeping, and other crucial elements of successful operation.