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Pumpkins After Dark is coming soon!

Pumpkins After Dark: Experience the Magic of Fall

Pumpkins After Dark is coming soon!

The rich smell of caramel fills the air, wafting on the breeze as a nearby machine feverishly pops kernels, ready to be coated in the gooey goodness. It’s balanced by the crisp scent of autumn air, as a gust of wind rustles the brilliantly-coloured leaves on a nearby tree. As you look up, you’re met face-to-face with a towering t-rex, made entirely out of pumpkins. Welcome to Pumpkins After Dark.

This is Pumpkins After Dark’s debut year, and this event marks the first of its kind in our area. This fall, immerse yourself in the magic of the season as thousands of magnificently-carved pumpkins light up the night sky.

The event runs from September 26 until November 3, located at Country Heritage Park in Milton. Tickets are priced at $20 for adults, $16 for children under the age of 13 and free for children under the age of three.

“We want to leave people in awe, thinking, ‘I can’t believe they’ve just carved this out of pumpkins,’” said James Fraser, chief pumpkineer of Pumpkins After Dark.e

With the event sprawled across the 80-acre park, featuring over 100 unique pumpkin sculptures ranging in length from five feet to over forty, this dazzling display is sure to leave guests awestruck. The displays are spaced out over a 1/4 mile track, which will take about an hour to walk through.

As chief pumpkineer of the event, Fraser is in charge of “deciding the vision for where the event is going to go, how we want to set up different scenes and making sure they’re going to be appropriate for all ages, and that there are (displays) for everyone,” he described. 

But as visionary of the event, Fraser made sure to balance the general appeal of the displays, while staying true to its title of a “Halloween event,” by incorporating a few frightening features.

You can expect to see a few familiar faces carved into pumpkins, like Dracula, Frankenstein and maybe even some of your favourite movie and video game characters.

All of this is made possible by the incredible artists behind these pieces of pumpkin artistry. Wielding their saw like a magic wand, these pumpkin carvers work like magicians to transform ordinary pumpkins into sculptures that are anything but.

One of the artists, Roy Chisholm, known on his Instagram page as Serial Peeler, embodies the passion for this art form. Chisholm continuously pushes the limits of what’s possible with his pumpkin creations and his work was recently featured on the Food Network. When he heard about this opportunity, he was itching to get involved.

“On our (Pumpkins After Dark) Instagram, someone commented on a picture, saying, ‘This is my dream,’” said Fraser.

The time taken to perfect each of these structures varies depending on the size of the project, but for a larger display it can take up to 120 hours of hard work to complete.

On top of the outdoor art exhibit portion of this event, there will also be an interactive component for event-goers to enjoy. There will be 3D interactive pumpkin structures as well as artists carving away, transforming 7,000 pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns throughout the duration of the event.

With all of these incredible pumpkins on display, Habitat HM wanted to provide guests with an outlet for their creativity, inspired by these carved masterpieces.

We’ll be selling pumpkins near the exit of the event, for only $5. There will also be professional carving tools available for purchase and pumpkin carving templates you can take home for free. Step up your jack-o’-lantern game this Halloween and carve one of these gorgeous gourds for your front porch.

Additionally, we’ll have a donation booth set up in case you’re interested in making a more sizeable contribution.

All proceeds from the sale of pumpkins and our donation booth will be used to build affordable housing, right here within our community.

“Our hope in involving Habitat in this event is, number one, awareness. (We want people to know) that Habitat’s out there and that it isn’t just this international organization, it’s right here, and it’s doing something incredible in our area,” said Fraser.

Fraser became involved with Habitat over a year ago, when he joined as a Habitat HM board member.

“As soon as I saw what Habitat was doing, I wanted to be a part of that. I wanted to see how we could do things bigger and better,” he said.

Pumpkins After Dark definitely meets the “big and better” criteria. The idea for the event hit Fraser like a ton of bricks.

While living in Connecticut, Fraser and his family went to see an event called Rise of the Jack O’ Lanterns.

“When we walked into it, I was just blown away. The size, the scope, the effects, I was just in awe. We weren’t there for more than five minutes and I said to my wife, ‘When we get back to Canada, I’m doing this,’” said Fraser.

True to his word, Fraser began planning what would become Pumpkins After Dark as soon as he returned to the country.

“To me, fall is the most spectacular time of the year in Canada. With the changing leaves, we’re so fortunate… we’ve got so much beautiful terrain, but when it comes to this time of year, there really isn’t that much going on at night (in our area of Ontario),” explained Fraser.

While the GTA has several fantastic fall events, most of them take place during the day. Pumpkins After Dark offers an entirely new experience, with their doors opening only after nightfall.

“As soon as it gets dark, everything just comes to life,” said Fraser.

Tickets are available for purchase now on their website, sorted by date and entry time. Tickets for the event’s opening night are already sold out.

“For me, being able to grow this event year after year with Habitat is the exciting part,” said Fraser.

Fraser says one of the most important parts about our work is in how we shed light on these hidden struggles happening in our community.  

“I’ve lived in this area my whole life and we’re kind of sheltered… we don’t really understand that there are people out there who need a helping hand,” he said.

Habitat works to remove the blindfold, opening the eyes of residents in our area to issues happening right within their neighbourhood.

“Next year, we want to make displays that are even bigger and better, going up 20 and even 30 feet in height,” said Fraser.

From your seat atop a throne of pumpkins, you look around the event, soaking in the magic that’s all around you. A child jumps up and down, captivated by the scene of Muppet characters, an oversized lollipop clutched in their fist. A couple strolls down the path, hand-in-hand, observing artists as they expertly saw and scrape at their next work of art. As the night comes to a close, you can’t possibly imagine how they’ll beat this display next year.


Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga is a proud member of our national organization Habitat Canada and is one of 54 local Habitat affiliates across our country. Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability, and independence through affordable homeownership. We provide a solid foundation for better, healthier lives in Canada and around the world. You can find out more about Habitat Canada at habitat.ca.

By: Olivia Kabelin

Habitat HM's first GAP housing unit is in Arc Condominiums

Introducing Our First GAP Housing Unit: Keeping the #CostOfHome Affordable for All

Habitat HM's first GAP housing unit is in Arc Condominiums

GAP housing unit in Arc Condom

In the midst of our country’s affordable housing crisis, it’s not only low-income families and individuals who are struggling to make ends meet. Those making a moderate income are often neglected in the discussion of housing, despite the fact that they still can’t afford to own a home. The City of Mississauga recognizes these individuals as the “missing middle” within the housing continuum. Habitat HM is facilitating the municipality’s vision, where middle-income households are able to move into homes that meet both their budget and lifestyle needs, by introducing this housing option as a way to fill this “gap” that currently exists within the homeownership market. We’re rolling out this option with our newest build partnership with the Daniels Corporation: a condo located within the Arc Condominiums in Mississauga.

Habitat HM’s GAP Homeownership

Located in the heart of Mississauga at 2520 Eglinton Avenue West, Arc Condominium is the perfect pilot home for our GAP housing launch. The building is a dramatically curved 19-storey tower that rises like a beacon over the city’s skyline.Photo of the kitchen in our GAP housing unit.

The condo is a two-bedroom unit with a den and two full bathrooms. With a full asking price of $680,000, the Habitat homeowner will take out a minimum $400,000* traditional mortgage and Habitat HM will then carry the remaining $280,000 as a non-paying mortgage with no interest. It will only be payable on the resale and title transfer of the home in the future.** This means that if the homebuyer decides to sell, they would owe Habitat HM the value of the second mortgage. This is to prevent homeowners from “flipping” Habitat homes to make money, ensuring that the property remains affordable.

For more details on the floor plan and finishes of this condo, click here.

Bathroom view 1 Bathroom view 2

Around the condominium, a very unique community is beginning to take shape. This visionary, multi-tower and mixed-use community includes residential, retail, office and unique outdoor amenities. It will feature a Courtyard, Plaza and farmers’ market. On the fourth floor of the condo, you’ll find a full-court gymnasium and state-of-the-art fitness centre.

The long-term vision is for this community to become a vibrant hub within the neighbourhood, bringing together homeowners from all walks of life in a collaborative work and living space. There will be a variety of retail spaces on the ground floor of the condo you can shop at, a place to grab coffee outdoors in the Plaza and a farmers’ market for buying your groceries.Courtyard surrounding the GAP Housing unit in Arc Condominiums.

The Courtyard is nearly an acre in size and will feature groomed pathways, community gardening plots and a central green space ringed by a track for walking, running and biking.

Register for GAP housing today!

At Habitat HM, we’re always looking for a way that we can help more people. We’re so excited to facilitate this GAP homeownership program through the sale of this Arc condo so we can broaden the scope of our support to the moderate-income market.

If you meet the criteria listed below and you’re interested in applying to buy this first GAP housing condo unit, click here to register today.

If you’d like to learn more about how Habitat HM is facilitating the City of Mississauga’s vision through GAP homeownership and how it helps to tackle the challenges presented by the affordable housing crisis, visit our website.

What is GAP housing?

GAP housing comes from the city of Mississauga’s housing strategy, Making Room for the Middle, which recognizes issues in affordable housing, specifically how they impact middle-income households. The goals and actions within their strategy are “bold and innovative. It acknowledges the limitations of a second-tier municipality, but defines the actions (they) can take.”

A key issue the strategy identifies is that affordable housing is in short supply for middle-income households. As a prominent housing provider for affordable homes within the city, Habitat HM’s GAP homeownership option will help to tackle this issue, head-on.

After all, we’re all human and we believe that every human deserves a place to call home and the opportunity to build a better future for themselves.

Who is GAP housing for?

GAP housing is specifically targeted to help families and individuals making a moderate income, which is between $60,000 to $120,000 (no more, no less). In Mississauga, hundreds of thousands of individuals fit within this range. It could be your neighbour, your brother-in-law or your best friend, but those within our community are struggling to attain their dreams of homeownership. With this housing option, we’re able to help bridge this gap and give families and individuals the helping hand they need to build themselves a better future.

Interested applicants must be able to qualify for a minimum $400,000* traditional mortgage with a mortgage broker**. They must also be able to pay a minimum down payment of $35,000 and a closing cost of approximately $13,175.

*may change based on individual debt circumstances

**program and mortgage details subject to change at the discretion of Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga


Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga is a proud member of our national organization Habitat Canada and is one of 54 local Habitat affiliates across our country. Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability, and independence through affordable homeownership. We provide a solid foundation for better, healthier lives in Canada and around the world. You can find out more about Habitat Canada at habitat.ca.

By: Olivia Kabelin

Accommodation in the Halton Region is becoming increasingly unaccommodating as prices continue to skyrocket.

Unaccommodating: Halton Region’s Non-Affordable Housing

Accommodation in the Halton Region is becoming increasingly unaccommodating as prices continue to skyrocket.

Accommodation in Halton is becoming increasingly unaccommodating for residents as home prices continue to rise and inventory increasingly diminishes. If you’re struggling to buy a house in Halton, you’re not alone; here’s why.

According to a recent report by the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB), active listings in the GTA are down by 9.1 per cent year-over-year. This reflects tightening market conditions where buyers are dealing with a challenging market of low inventory and more rigorous borrowing criteria.

Ultimately, a lack of housing supply is affecting this issue more than anything else. With the number of GTA households increasing by 40,000 to 50,000 each year, not enough homes are being constructed to meet this demand.

This is specifically an issue in the city of Oakville, where a recent news release from Royal LePage Real Estate Services has revealed that low inventory is directly leading to high prices.

In this undersupplied marketplace, we’re seeing an acceleration of home price growth. In the GTA, the aggregate price of a home increased by 2.6 per cent year-over-year to $841,729 in the second quarter of 2019.

Policy-makers have identified this issue and are working to develop solutions.

Recently, Toronto Mayor John Tory presented a motion to diversify the city’s housing types. His goal is to transform traditional single-family neighbourhoods by expanding housing options for residents. This will be done by reviewing planning permissions in low-density areas.

The provincial government has also made concrete steps toward addressing Ontario’s affordability housing crisis. The Community Housing Renewal Strategy works to expand affordable housing within the province while streamlining its accessibility. The government will work in partnership with affordable housing providers (like Habitat HM) to repair and increase the supply of affordable housing. They will also increase efficiency in the construction process to better support these housing providers, as well as providing assistance to those seeking affordable accommodation.

At a federal level, the National Housing Strategy is its ambitious plan to tackle this crisis. As a 10-year, $55 billion program, it aims to create 125,000 new housing units, repair more than 300,000 units and remove more than half a million families from housing need.

Habitat HM recognizes how unaccommodating accommodation within our area is becoming. With housing supply decreasing and home prices increasing, it’s housing providers like us who need to lead the way in expanding the supply of affordable housing. We look forward to continue working with all levels of government in implementing solutions to our affordable housing crisis.

With files from: The Toronto Star and In Halton.


Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga is a proud member of our national organization Habitat Canada and is one of 54 local Habitat affiliates across our country. Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability, and independence through affordable homeownership. We provide a solid foundation for better, healthier lives in Canada and around the world. You can find out more about Habitat Canada at habitat.ca.

By: Olivia Kabelin

Canada's federal election is fast-approaching, here's the parties' stances on affordable housing.

Federal Election Party Platforms on Affordable Housing

Canada's federal election is fast-approaching, here's the parties' stances on affordable housing.

Canada is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis that is impacting residents around the country. Over 1.7 million Canadian households spend more than 30 per cent of their income on housing. In only 3 per cent of Canadian neighbourhoods can an individual earning minimum wage, working full-time hours, afford to rent an average two-bedroom apartment. Yet, the cost of accommodation is constantly on the rise. With the federal election right around the corner, Canadians are expecting action from the party that will earn their vote.

The top economic concern voters hold going into the 2019 election is the cost of living and housing affordability, according to a survey recently conducted by Abacus Data. The parties will address this issue in different ways, but they’ll all focus on it. Here’s what we know so far about how they will tackle this critical concern.  

Liberals

During their past four years of government, the Liberals have identified the affordable housing crisis as a key issue requiring their attention. They’ve focused on three key housing-related problems during their time in office, including the shortage of affordable housing, the rising prices of real estate and housing affordability for millennials. The Liberals have introduced several initiatives that have aimed to address these concerns.

Mortgage stress test

The mortgage stress test was implemented in two phases between 2016 and 2018, establishing stricter standards for federally-regulated lenders to vet Canadians applying for a mortgage. It requires individuals receiving, renewing or refinancing a mortgage to undergo the test to determine if you qualify for a mortgage, and if you do, how much you can borrow.

The test was created to protect borrowers, to ensure they’ll still be able to afford their mortgage payments even if they were to rise substantially.

Since around 2017, the national home price growth has slowed down considerably, according to Global News. However, it’s difficult to determine whether this was caused directly by the Liberal’s implementation of the stress test because it overlapped with provincial and municipal measures that also aimed to improve the housing affordability issue. 

National Housing Strategy

In 2017, the Liberal government announced the National Housing Strategy (NHS), a 10-year, $55 billion program that aims to create 125,000 new housing units, repair more than 300,000 units and remove more than half a million families from housing need.

The government committed to financing the construction of 16,000 affordable units in 2018, compared to just 5,900 units in 2015. However, this is still significantly lower than the number of government-financed units in the 1980s and we have 10 million more people living here now.

With that being said, without the NHS, funding to assisted housing would have dropped by more than 70 per cent by 2027-28 due to the expiry of previous time-limited investments, says Global News

First-Time Home Buyer’s Incentive

The First-Time Home Buyer Incentive aims to make purchasing your first home more accessible. The program, which launches Sept. 2, will allow homebuyers to make lower monthly mortgage payments without increasing their down payment.

This is done by offering a 5 or 10 per cent shared equity mortgage with the government. This mortgage is interest-free and doesn’t require ongoing repayments. You can repay the incentive at any time, but it is due after 25 years or if the property is sold, whichever comes first.

The amount you repay is based on the value of the home at the time of repayment. If the home has decreased in value, the government would take the loss.

However, over a 25-year period, you might have to pay the government more than you’d save in mortgage payments through the program, according to Global News’ calculations. 

While there are mixed opinions about whether this incentive actually helps first-time homebuyers or not, this program will allow individuals buy a home, who wouldn’t otherwise be able to.

Canada Housing Benefit

The Liberal’s proposed Canada Housing Benefit (CHB) would provide residents in need with cash to help pay for housing, starting in 2020. It would include cash transfers up to $2,500 a year to 300,000 families struggling to afford their accommodation.

While this benefit will make a significant difference in the lives of these families, it will only impact these families. The number of individuals receiving this sum is small, meaning the impact of CHB will remain limited.

Central message of the campaign: There’s much more to do and our policies put Canada on the right track.

Conservatives

The Conservatives have focused on affordability, specifically in their criticism of the Liberal government and how their carbon tax will work to make life less affordable for Canadians, saying it will push the dream of homeownership further out of citizens’ reach. The Conservatives have yet to release their platform, so what we know right now about their stance on affordable housing is limited.

In a speech made in January, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer identified housing affordability as a key issue causing anxiety for young people in Canada today. He said the Conservatives would tackle this concern by increasing the supply of homes by making it easier for new units to come onto the market as well as making it easier to qualify for mortgages. 

Mortgage stress test review

Scheer has been highly vocal about his plans to review the Liberal’s mortgage stress test if elected. New rules to the stress test require uninsured-mortgage applicants (including properties valued at over $1 million, rental properties, refinances and amortization periods greater than 25 years) to qualify at a rate 200 basis points (or 2 per cent) higher than what their federally regulated lender is offering. Because an uninsured mortgage poses higher risks for the lender, this requires individuals to pay a higher interest rate.

While Scheer agrees it’s important to ensure credit markets aren’t exposed to major risk, he argues that these rules may be shutting first-time homebuyers who can keep up with mortgage payments out of the housing market. 

Under the current test, existing borrowers looking to switch lenders must past the stress test again, despite having already done so with their current lender. This presents a barrier that makes it challenging for Canadians to shop around for better rates from different lenders, essentially holding them hostage to their first bank. Scheer notes this as a provision they are “committed to removing.” 

Central message of the campaign: We want people to get ahead, not just get by.

NDP

The NDP party is known for advocating for the needs of working families and affordability has long since been at the centre of their platform. As the only party that’s released its platform to date, we’re able to get an in-depth look at what specifically the NDP would do for affordable housing in Canada.

Build 500,000 new affordable homes

The NDP has committed to creating 500,000 units of quality, affordable housing over the next ten years. This will help to create thousands of jobs and increase the supply of affordable housing.  

Double Home Buyer’s tax credit

Currently, the Home Buyer’s tax credit allows first-time homebuyers to claim a tax refund of up to $750 in the year they purchase a home. The NDP plans to double this tax credit to $1,500, to give new buyers a hand with closing costs.

Remove GST/HST on the construction of new rental units

They will waive the federal portion of the GST/HST on the construction of new affordable rental units in order to spur the construction of units Canadians can afford. They identify this change as a simple one that will result in a great deal of change.

Increase terms for CMHC insured mortgages

The NDP will re-introduce 30-year terms to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) insured mortgages on entry-level homes for first-time homebuyers. This will allow for smaller monthly payments. Their aim is to make homeownership accessible for Canadians, not just affordable renting.

Central message of the campaign: We want to make sure everyone can afford a good life.


The federal election is fast approaching, taking place on October 21. You can either vote on election day, vote at your advanced poll or vote by mail. Habitat HM encourages you to consider each party’s stance on the issue of affordable housing, as well as on other key issues before placing your vote this election season. 

For a comprehensive guide to where the parties stand on everything, that’s regularly updated leading up to the election, click here


Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga is a proud member of our national organization Habitat Canada and is one of 54 local Habitat affiliates across our country. Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability, and independence through affordable homeownership. We provide a solid foundation for better, healthier lives in Canada and around the world. You can find out more about Habitat Canada at habitat.ca.

With files from: Global News, CBC News, CTV News, HuffPost Canada, Macleans. 

By: Olivia Kabelin 

Our new Milton ReStore is open for business!

Milton ReStore: Open for Business

Our new Milton ReStore is open for business!We have big news to share with you. Drum roll please… our Milton ReStore has finally re-opened! Saturday, July 27th the doors swung open to welcome its customers for the first time. With a space double the size of our previous Milton ReStore location, shoppers eagerly filed through the entrance to see what awaited them inside.

Art gallery in Milton ReStore

Previously, our Milton ReStore was located inside an old post office building downtown, at 25 Brown Street. Owned by the town, Habitat HM’s lease for this location expired at the end of June.  

Dining room furniture at the Milton ReStoreThis left our organization searching for an alternate space that would allow us to continue offering residents of Milton quality items at affordable prices.

When we found this location at 700 Main St. E., we knew it would be the perfect spot for our new ReStore. When driving down the street, the first thing you’ll see is a larger-than-life Habitat blue sign welcoming you into our store.

With our new home secured, we were sure that the bulk of the battle was behind us. But of course, this wasn’t the case.

Because the building had been unoccupied for two years prior to our move-in, it had been disconnected from hydro, leaving it without power and leaving our set-up crew in the dark. It truly is a testament to the dedication of our volunteers and staff who were working tirelessly for weeks with only generators and portable lighting. Despite these roadblocks, our team was able to get everything set up and ready in time for our soft opening.

We’re back, bigger and better than ever before!Patio furniture at Milton ReStore

Relocating is always a difficult process and we’re so happy to be settled in our new home.

Not only are we back, but we’re back bigger and better than ever before. The new ReStore is double the size of our previous location. With 13,000 square feet of useable space, we’ll be able to stock even more quality pieces than ever before.

This building was formerly a Rona hardware store, so it made the transition of moving into the space much easier on us. We kept most of the original layout of the store the same and made great use of their shelves and organizers to display our items. 

Tools for sale in our Milton ReStoreWe wanted our new ReStore location to serve the Milton community as best as it can and a bigger store means a wider selection of quality items for sale. The more floor space we have, the more items we can sell and the more revenue we can generate to support the construction of affordable housing within our community.

Our Milton ReStore will differ slightly from our two existing locations, in that it has more shelving and display hooks than our other stores. You can expect to see more small appliances, home electronics, seasonal items and home décor at this ReStore than in our other two.

Grand opening… coming soon!Small appliances for sale in the Milton ReStore

With our soft opening drawing crowds of people to our store, we can’t wait to see the turnout our grand opening will elicit. We’ll be announcing the date of our Milton ReStore’s grand opening soon, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for updates!

With our larger space, we’re able to accept even more donated pieces than ever before. This means you’ll have more selection of gently-used and brand-new items so you can find the perfect piece for your home. Come visit us today and see what all the buzz is about!

Colourful crates and birdhouses for sale in our Milton ReStoreTo learn about how the ReStore supports Habitat HM’s mission of constructing affordable housing locally, click here.

To see all the types of used furniture we have for sale, click here.

ReStore locations

Milton

Location: 700 Main Street East, L9T 3P6

Hours: Mon-Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Phone: 905-693-0444

BurlingtonPaint cans for sale in our Milton ReStore

Location: 1800 Appleby Line, L7L 6A1

Hours: Mon-Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Phone: 905-637-4446

Mississauga

Location: 4500 Dixie Road, L4W 1V7

Hours: Mon-Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Phone: 905-828-0987


Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga is a proud member of our national organization Habitat Canada and is one of 54 local Habitat affiliates across our country. Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability, and independence through affordable homeownership. We provide a solid foundation for better, healthier lives in Canada and around the world. You can find out more about Habitat Canada at habitat.ca.

By: Olivia Kabelin

Shop for like-new and used kitchen furniture and appliances at Habitat HM’s ReStores.

Renovate Your Kitchen with ReStore

Shop for like-new and used kitchens at Habitat HM’s ReStores.

The kitchen is the epicentre of household life. Whether it’s cooking meals, sipping your coffee in the morning or hosting family and friends for a dinner party, the kitchen is an integral part of your daily life. But when it doesn’t match your lifestyle needs or design preferences, it can be a tough space to enjoy occupying.

If you’re looking for a change, Habitat HM’s ReStores are the perfect place to start. Whether all your kitchen needs is some new energy by bringing in some unique and affordable décor, or whether you’re interested in a full-scale kitchen renovation, we have just what you need.

With a wide variety of items for sale, we have all the essentials for revamping your kitchen, and an extremely helpful team of volunteers to help you find the perfect fit for your home.

What type of kitchen items do we sell?

  • Kitchen cabinets (uppers, lowers and islands, cabinet doors)
  • Appliances (fridges, ovens, dishwashers, microwaves, etc.)
  • Small appliances (stovetops, blenders, coffee makers, grills, etc.)
  • Countertops
  • Sinks
  • Lighting (chandeliers, flush mount fixtures, island lights, etc.)
  • Kitchen tables
  • Kitchen chairs (dining chairs, barstools, etc.)
  • Décor
  • Dishware (mugs, glasses, plates, cutlery, pots and pans, etc.)

We sell all items in our ReStore at a fraction of their retail value so you can be sure you’re getting the most affordable price on your purchase. We receive like-new and gently-used donations for your kitchen as well as brand-new items donated by corporations. This is just a taste of what we sell in-store, so be sure to check out one of our ReStore locations today!

Why should you renovate your kitchen?

Greater convenience

The kitchen is often the hub of your household, but it can get a bit chaotic when multiple people are sharing the space.

If being jostled or bumping into others while trying to make a meal is a familiar occurrence in your home, it might be time to boost the accessibility and utility of your kitchen for greater convenience. A great way to do this is by expanding your counter space using our selection of countertops available in our ReStores.

Picture this: your cabinets are overflowing. You go to open a cabinet door and an avalanche of cookies and cracker packages rains down on your head. Trying feverishly to shove everything back into their designated spots, you think to yourself, “There’s got to be a better way.”

Luckily, there is. Consider adding some additional cabinetry to free up some counter space and avoid the dreaded snack avalanche. We have a variety of modern and unique cabinets for sale in our ReStores to bring you some much-needed storage solutions.

Suit your tastes

Whether you’re leaning towards a more modern kitchen design, you enjoy the space a bit more rustic, or simply think it needs a bright splash of colour, we’ve got something to suit every taste.

Don’t settle for your outdated or traditionally-styled kitchen. With unique, hand-crafted pieces coming out of our ReVive Centre daily, be sure you don’t miss out on these beautiful pieces.

Boost resale value

As the heart of the home, your kitchen has a big impact on its resale value. Often the space where a family spends most of their time, most people moving into a new house want to see that the kitchen will suit their needs.

In order to maximize your resale value, it’s important that your kitchen is up-to-date and optimized for convenience. It’s estimated that kitchen renovations often return more than 100 per cent of the costs upon resale.

How the ReStore makes a difference

Our ReStore operates to cover the costs of Habitat HM’s office administration, to allow us to put everything else into our build projects.

Your purchase through one of our ReStores helps support the construction of affordable housing right here inside our community.

Make your kitchen renovation as seamless as possible

We’ll bring it home for you

For a small contribution, we’ll handle all the heavy lifting to make sure your item gets home safely and that you aren’t injured in the process.

Ask one of our team members in-store today to hear more about our delivery services.

We’ll take out your old kitchen

If you’re ready for a kitchen renovation, don’t let those old pieces stand in your way. Let our Handyman take care of it for you. Click here to read about our kitchen salvage program and learn about how it helps the environment, helps support our build projects and is entirely free.  

We’ll install your new items for you

Whether it’s an appliance or a new set of cabinets, our Handyman and his highly-skilled team of volunteers will take care of the hassle of installation for you. Making sure the job is done safely and correctly every single time.

ReStore Locations

Burlington

Location: 1800 Appleby Line, L7L 6A1

Hours: Mon-Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Phone: 906-637-4446

Mississauga

Location: 4500 Dixie Road, L4W 1V7

Hours: Mon-Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Phone: 905-828-0987

Milton

Location:700 Main Street East, L9T 3P6

Hours: Mon-Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Phone: 905-693-0444

Where do we offer item drop-off?

We service the following areas: Mississauga, Milton, Acton, Georgetown, Burlington and Oakville.

Outside of these areas?

If you can’t make it to one of our ReStore locations, here are some alternative places to buy kitchen furniture or appliances:

Home Depot

Home Depot sells both kitchen essentials and appliances in a range of different styles.

Visit their website for more info.

Ikea

Ikea offers a variety of customizable kitchens to cater to your taste.

Learn more here.


Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga is a proud member of our national organization Habitat Canada and is one of 54 local Habitat affiliates across our country. Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability, and independence through affordable homeownership. We provide a solid foundation for better, healthier lives in Canada and around the world. You can find out more about Habitat Canada at habitat.ca.

By: Olivia Kabelin 

Playhouse built by Innomar

Innomar and John Deere Compete in our Playhouse Build Challenge

Playhouse built by Innomar

One day. Eight playhouses. Forty participants. Despite the cloudy skies, teams from Innomar Strategies and John Deere Financial were all smiles as they competed in Habitat HM’s annual Playhouse Build Challenge. They battled it out, head-to-head, for bragging rights of claiming first place.

Mini homes for Habitat’s youngest homeowners

The mission of the Playhouse Build Challenge is simple: cater a home to the tastes of Habitat’s youngest homeowners. Teams put their everything into bringing children’s wildest dreams to life in an ideal secret hideaway.

This Playhouse Build featured eight teams in total; four teams of five from Innomar and four teams of five from John Deere. Each team was randomly given one of four themes, so each team was competing directly against their opposition’s playhouse of the same theme.

Themes

The teams were tasked with bringing their designated theme to life and during judging they were given the opportunity to pitch their playhouse to the judges.

Explore the world

There’s a great big world out there, and these teams are tasked with fitting it all within one little playhouse. When inside this hideaway, children should be able to feel the unique magic from different countries around the world, making it both whimsical and educational.

Innomar

Pitch: “We’re a team of five ladies who work in oncology, so it was really nice to have a day of teambuilding, as we work in a high-stress environment with cancer patients every day. Three out of the five of us are moms, so we put ourselves in the perspective of the kids and what they’d like to see in a playhouse. There are a lot of different graphics and colours. We also wanted to keep it educational, with the continents (on the roof) and some locations listed on the inside.”

Innomar explore the world playhouse Innomar explore the world playhouse

John Deere

Pitch: “I’m a (child) that wants to see the world. What better way to see the world than through John Deere? Diversity is the theme of our company, so we wanted to show… that we’re a diverse and global company… and of course we had to get some John Deere colours in there.”

John Deere explore the world playhouse

Disney

Disney World is the most magical place to be and this playhouse is the official home for all things Disney. From Mickey and Minnie to Buzz Lightyear, a child should feel right at home with all of their favourite characters from the big screen right inside their playhouse.

Innomar

Pitch: Many recycled materials were used to build this playhouse, including the mini garage made from items found within the team members’ homes and the little car that previously belonged to another child. The team built a kitchen inside the playhouse, with the stove made from an old bedside table and stools upholstered with Disney fabric, featuring matching curtains.

“Anything is possible if you believe in yourself and your dreams.”

Innomar Disney playhouse

John Deere

Pitch: “Why have a happy time when you can have a magical time? I’m proud to present to you, the newest attraction from Disney, live in Oakville, Ontario, in association with Habitat for Humanity and John Deere Canada: the Habitat Kingdom.”

John Deere Disney playhouse

Under the sea

There’s a colourful world under the sea that’s just begging to be explored. This playhouse should transport you right beneath the waves, leaving only the snorkelling gear up to your imagination. Whether it features the swirling colours of the sea or the playful creatures that live within it, children will surely want to dive right in.

Innomar

Pitch: This team started off their pitch with a choreographed routine to Baby Shark, handing out leis to all the judges and inviting them to try their snacks from the sea (assorted candies, including Swedish Fish).

“Everyone deserves a house; big kids, but especially the little ones. Our playhouse is where kids can swim into their imagination and creativity and they won’t be crabby. Inside the playhouse we’ve painted rainbows, blue skies and plenty of sunshine. Big fish or little fish, they’ll have a whale of a time!”

Innomar under the sea playhouse

John Deere

Pitch: The theme song “Under the Sea” from Disney’s The Little Mermaid rang out before this team started their pitch.

“Welcome to our playhouse under the sea that we built for Arielle’s best friend… it’s completed in all the different colours you’d find under the sea. It is of course a bit more rustic, living under the sea things aren’t going to be quite even. If you look inside, we’ve completed it with a treasure chest filled with some jewels from Arielle, as well as some snorkel kits and fishing gear so that the (child) can go and hangout with their friends (under the sea).”

John Deere under the sea playhouse

Little gamer

If there’s one thing kids love without a doubt, it’s video games. The builder’s mission with this theme is to create a playhouse that will unglue any child from their spot before the screen and enjoy their brought-to-life video game outdoors.

Innomar

Pitch: “If you keep nagging your kid to get off that screen time and get outside to enjoy the great outdoors, for a very, very low cost of just $100, you can bring the best of both worlds to your backyard for your little kid. Here we have an interactive, video game themed playhouse, complete with a chalkboard, a target board and a foosball table.”

Innomar little gamer playhouse

John Deere

Pitch: “Minecraft was our inspiration for the whole theme… we went with Minecraft not only because kids love games but because it’s a great game to build skills… We thought what would be more fitting than to build a theme that’s all about building.”

John Deere little gamer playhouse

Playhouse pedestalsJudging ceremony kits

Equipped with their magnifying glasses (to ensure attention to detail), their nylon sleeves (for performing a splinter test) and their judging criteria, the judges set to work.

The playhouses were judged based on four factors: structure, creativity, playhouse pitch and theme. Structure assesses the structural integrity of the playhouse. Creativity looks at the imagination of the team and how out-of-the-box they made Nylon sleeve test during playhouse judgingtheir design. Each team was also assessed on the pitch they gave when presenting their playhouse to the judges. Theme determines whether the team successfully brought their given theme to life.

“Today each of you stretched beyond your normal comfort zones… the playhouses you put together were just amazing,” said Debra Harrison, president of John Deere Canada. 

First place

First place was awarded to team Under the Sea from Innomar.

Second place

Little Gamer team from John Deere took home the second place prize.

Little Gamer team from John Deere took home the second place prize.

Third place

The third place trophy went to team Disney from Innomar.

The third place trophy went to team Disney from Innomar.

Honourable mention

Honourable mention goes to team Explore the World from John Deere.

Honourable mention goes to team Explore the World from John Deere.

Playhouses with purpose

Guy Payette, president of Innomar, making a speech at the Playhouse Build.

“The spirit of competition here brought out the best in everyone and ultimately, Habitat and the kids are the real winners today,” said Guy Payette, president of Innomar. 

Traditionally, playhouses from our Playhouse Build Challenge end up in our ReStores where they’re resold to families within our community. For this build, all eight playhouses have already been sold.

Seven of the playhouses were bought by Innomar employees to bring home to their families.

Sold at $100 each, the revenue from the sale of these playhouses will go directly to Habitat HM’s build program. So while Habitat’s youngest homeowners are enjoying their new playhouses, we’ll be working diligently to expand affordable housing within our neighbourhood for Habitat’s slightly older homeowners.

Both Innomar and John Deere donated $10,000 to Habitat HM to support our build projects.

Both Innomar and John Deere donated $10,000 to Habitat HM to support our build projects.

The last playhouse purchased by Innomar, will be donated to Rock, an organization that provides child and youth mental health services and other programs. They’re dedicated to building strong (or Rock solid) people, families and communities. The Disney playhouse by John Deere will go in Rock’s community room for children within their organization to enjoy.  

Additionally, the companies collectively donated $20,000 to Habitat HM as a part of this Playhouse Build. These donations will allow us to maximize our impact in building affordable housing locally, so more families can find their place to call home.

Bonding over the buildPlayhouse is a great team building experience

“I didn’t know anyone on our team until this morning,” said Jillian Lassaline, team captain for John Deere’s little gamer playhouse.

“The day was a lot of fun. Everyone on our team worked really well together, jumped in wherever they needed to be and helped other people out.”

Teams from both companies were arranged to have team members from different departments, or individuals who rarely work together. Across the board, teams agreed that the Playhouse Build strengthened their relationships with their co-workers.

“We don’t really work a lot together, so the collaboration that we saw today and how much we were able to accomplish in one day was fantastic,” said Andrea Baumgartner, team captain for Innomar’s under the sea playhouse.

Though the day went by quickly, said Lynne Hall, team captain of the Disney playhouse from Innomar, their team really pulled together to get everything finished.

“The entire day was really fun. It’s for a great cause and I’d love to do this again,” Hall added.

The Playhouse Build Challenge is only one of the wonderful team building events we offer at Habitat HM. When working together to build a home, you’re really building relationships with those working by your side. See for yourself how our team build experiences have the power to transform a team and turn the strangers you work with into close co-workers.

Two companies with one missionTeams from Innomar and John Deere

“Thank you to John Deere, for being such a great competitor but also, more importantly, for being such a great neighbour. This is what community is all about,” said Payette. 

Though Innomar operates in healthcare and John Deere works in machinery, the two companies clearly share the same mission: to better their community.

“Today was a great day. It was really nice to have the opportunity to see all of you participating and enjoying yourselves for a very great cause,” said Phil Tuning, president of John Deere Financial, Canada. 

Innomar and John Deere’s participation in this event has not only raised thousands of dollars to support Habitat HM’s mission of constructing affordable housing, but it has also provided local children with a fun way to spend time outdoors.

John Gerrard, CEO of Habitat HM, giving a speech.

John Gerrard, CEO of Habitat HM, giving a speech.

“It’s important to remember what we are doing here. Yes, the Playhouse Builds are a great way to have fun with work colleagues, but your work throughout the day will make an impact on the 18 families who will call our Queensway build project home,” said John Gerrard, CEO of Habitat HM.

“Your teams today built eight spectacular children’s playhouses that will offer enjoyment and inspire imagination within the little minds that play in them for years to come.” 

John Deere has been a dedicated supporter of Habitat HM for years. They’ve donated thousands of dollars and most invaluably, their time. Through their contribution of labour on our build projects and their participation in events such as the Playhouse Build, they’ve shown us that they truly walk the talk in creating change within our community. 

More recently, in 2017, we had the pleasure of partnering with Innomar. Since then, they’ve unwaveringly displayed the value they place in our mission to expand affordable housing locally. They stepped up to sponsor a home on our Queensway build, have donated thousands of dollars to our organization in the past two years alone.

The support these two organizations have given our Habitat affiliate is invaluable. We truly cannot adequately express the impact their contributions have had on our ability to make leaps and bounds towards attaining our vision of a world where everyone has a place to call home. 

About Innomar

Innomar specializes in patient care. Their name reflects the company’s roots in innovative market access solutions and reimbursement consulting. They work in an innovative way to improve product access and increase supply chain efficiency. Ultimately, the patient is kept at the heart of everything they do.

Learn more about Innomar here.

About John Deere

John Deere primarily manufactures agricultural, construction and forestry machinery. Innovation guides everything they do and they pride themselves on providing their customers with ground-breaking equipment. They’re highly dedicated to maintaining integrity, quality and commitment in all spheres of their work.

Learn more about John Deere here.


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Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga is a proud member of our national organization Habitat Canada and is one of 54 local Habitat affiliates across our country. Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability, and independence through affordable homeownership. We provide a solid foundation for better, healthier lives in Canada and around the world. You can find out more about Habitat Canada at habitat.ca.

By: Olivia Kabelin 

Shop furniture for your dorm or starter apartment with Habitat HM's ReStores!

Shop Furniture For Dorm or Starter Apartments with the ReStore

Shop furniture for your dorm or starter apartment with Habitat HM's ReStores!

Although August just began, back to school is right around the corner. Pursuing post-secondary studies away from home or moving into your own apartment for the first time can be extremely daunting – and expensive. It’s costly to buy everything you’ll need, but not with Habitat HM’s ReStores. Shop in our thrift stores to check everything off your back to school list, all while saving money and giving back to the community.

What types of dorm or apartment furniture do we have for sale?

Office chairs

As a student, you spend most of your time studying, sat behind an oversized textbook or typing furiously on your keyboard. With long hours on end sitting behind a desk, it’s important that your office chair provides you with necessary comfort and support.

We have chairs coming in many different styles and colours, and with our office chairs frequently going on sale, be sure to keep your eyes glued to our Facebook page for promotions!

Office chair Shop furniture in our ReStores to find the perfect office chair for your home

Desks

With a long list of mandatory textbooks, students need a lot of desk space to accommodate their studies. If you like to have two texts spread open, with loose papers strewn across the table, check out some of the oversized desks we have in stock. We also have a range of minimalistic desk designs, with pastel colours or delicate embellishments.

Shop furniture in our ReStores and see which desks we have in-store! Shop furniture for your office in our ReStores

Organizers and storage solutions

Staying organized is one of the top keys to academic success. If your workspace is kept organized, you’ll have a much easier time staying focused and maintaining a “tidy mind.” Our ReStores have filing cabinets and file holders that can sit on top of your desk or below, which make staying organized as easy as possible.

Shop furniture for your office, like storage solutions!

Back to school supplies

Our Burlington ReStore has a range of back to school supplies at extremely affordable prices. Come check out our file folders and binders so you can dive right into the new school season without breaking the bank. For our younger students, we also have a selection of fun school accessories, like Webkinz bookmarks, picture frames to hang in your locker and sparkly letter-shaped notebooks.

Back to school supplies for sale in our ReStores. Back to school supplies for sale in our ReStores.
Sparkly lettered notebooks Back to school supplies for sale in our ReStores.

Small dressers

While dorm rooms are often quite small, it’s always a good idea to bring along some extra clothing storage. Especially if you’re sharing closet space with a roommate, you don’t want to have to struggle to fit all your clothes on hangers. We have a variety of small two to three-drawer dressers, in styles ranging from traditional to modern.

Buy used furniture for your bedroom from the ReStore. Shop furniture for back to school.

Accent and lounge chairs

A chair can make the perfect addition to your bedroom, bringing both utility and flair. Whether you want a plush, comfy armchair you can sink into while you sip your morning coffee, or if you prefer a sturdy, simple chair you can use to lay out your clothes in the morning, you’ll get a lot of use out of this handy piece of furniture. Seating is also often scarce in dorm rooms, so it’s always a good idea to bring in an extra chair for get-togethers with friends.

A bold flamingo-patterned chair from the ReStore A bold striped chair from our ReStore Shop furniture and see what types of chairs we have in-store.

Wall hangings

Dorm rooms or starter apartments have a bad reputation for looking like jail cells. Maybe it’s the concrete walls so commonly found in residences, but it definitely doesn’t bring a homey feeling to your room. An easy way to overcome this obstacle is to simply cover the walls up!

Our ReStores have a selection of art that we’re sure will surprise you. From paintings to photographs and prints, ranging from the size of a postcard to frames that will take up an entire wall. With artwork selling for as low as $5, you can pick out all of your favourite pieces without the guilt of spending tons of money.  

Colourful art from the ReStore Art is the special touch that transforms a house into a home. Find affordable and stunning pieces at Habitat HM ReStores! Sunflower and flower art

Funky room décor

Another great way to make your home away from home feel more comfortable is to bring in some room décor that reflects your tastes. Pick out a colourful vase to fill with a bouquet of fake flowers or a bundle of twigs to spruce up the space. A decorative mirror is also a great way to make your room look bigger and add a flair of elegance.

Home decor Small decorative mirror from the ReStore Colourful vases for sale in our ReStores

Small appliances, cookware and dishware

If you’re moving into a suite-style dorm or an apartment, you’ll want to make sure you have all kitchen necessities packed and ready to go. Our ReStores have small appliances like microwaves, toasters and blenders, cookware like pots and pans and dishware like plates, mugs and bowls. 

Unbeatable deals

Not only do we mark our prices down to a fraction of the item’s original retail value, but we also frequently have department-wide or even store-wide sales going on. Moving into a dorm or living on your own can be so expensive, but with Habitat HM’s ReStores, it doesn’t have to be.

Come shop in our ReStores today!

Each of our ReStore locations see hundreds of quality items arriving daily, so you never know what treasure you’ll find when you step into our stores. With pieces flying off the shelves, be sure to stop by frequently to see what we have in-store before it’s gone.

Habitat HM’s ReStores support our mission of expanding affordable housing locally. To learn more about how our thrift stores support our organization, click here.

ReStore locations

Burlington

Location: 1800 Appleby Line, L7L 6A1

Hours: Mon-Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Phone: 905-637-4446

Mississauga

Location: 4500 Dixie Road, L4W 1V7

Hours: Mon-Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Phone: 905-828-0987

Milton

Location: 700 Main Street East, L9T 3P6

Hours: Mon-Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Phone: 905-693-0444


Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga is a proud member of our national organization Habitat Canada and is one of 54 local Habitat affiliates across our country. Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability, and independence through affordable homeownership. We provide a solid foundation for better, healthier lives in Canada and around the world. You can find out more about Habitat Canada at habitat.ca.

By: Olivia Kabelin

Habitat HM's ReStores have sales that are simply too good to pass up! Check out what's on sale today!

Unbeatable Sales in our ReStores

Habitat HM's ReStores have sales that are simply too good to pass up!

The ReStore is the best place to find quality items at affordable prices while supporting Habitat HM’s mission to build affordable housing inside our community. Buying used furniture also helps to divert waste from our province’s already overburdened landfill, so while bringing home the perfect piece for your home, you’re doing your part to help the environment. On top of all of these benefits, our ReStores also have frequent sales that are quite simply too good to pass up.

What types of sales do we have?

Flash sale

A flash sale is a one-day sales where we offer more significant discounts than our other promotions. Quantity for these sales are usually limited, and at the prices we’re offering, the items usually sell out quickly.

Some flash sales we’ve done are:

  • 75 per cent off lighting fixtures and lamps
  • 60 per cent off office furniture
  • 50 per cent off office cabinets
  • $5 dining chairs
  • $5 office chairs 

Red tag sale

A red tag sale is when we tag items that are for sale and mark them down to greatly reduced prices. These sales have markdowns across all departments.

Red tag sale in our ReStore

Relocation sale

Recently, we relocated our Milton ReStore. In the weeks leading up to the move, we had impressive discounts, as we needed everything to go. With sales up to 90 per cent off, on already reasonably priced items, items were flying off our shelves. These sales don’t happen often, but when they do, you need to act fast before we’re sold out!

Relocation ReStore sale

What types of items go on sale?

We have sales on items from all departments, which encompasses almost anything you could think of. From doors to full kitchens and from art to chairs, whatever you’re looking for is likely to go on sale sometime soon.

For a master list of everything we sell in our ReStores, click here.

How do you find out about our sales?

The best way to quickly find out which ReStore sales we have going on is to check our Facebook page. Here we post our sales before they happen, so you can stop by as soon as they start.

Our sales are also promoted on our ReStore road signs, so be sure to take a peek as you’re driving by to ensure you don’t miss out on any of our awesome deals.

How often do we have sales? 

Our ReStore locations have sales every few days, so come on by to see what we have going on!

ReStore locations

Burlington

Location: 1800 Appleby Line, L7L 6A1

Hours: Mon-Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Phone: 905-637-4446

Mississauga

Location: 4500 Dixie Road, L4W 1V7

Hours: Mon-Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Phone: 905-828-0987

Milton

Location: 700 Main Street East, L9T 3P6

Hours: Mon-Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Phone: 905-693-0444


Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga is a proud member of our national organization Habitat Canada and is one of 54 local Habitat affiliates across our country. Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability, and independence through affordable homeownership. We provide a solid foundation for better, healthier lives in Canada and around the world. You can find out more about Habitat Canada at habitat.ca.

By: Olivia Kabelin

Revamp your bedroom with used furniture from the ReStore.

9 Ways to Revamp Your Bedroom with ReStore Finds

Revamp your bedroom with used furniture from the ReStore.

You spend more time in your bedroom than in any other room in the house. If you’re tired of how your room looks, but don’t want to drop thousands of dollars transforming the space, we’re here to help. Shop used furniture from the ReStore and use these nine inexpensive finds to revamp your bedroom in just one weekend, bringing to life the sanctuary of your dreams. 

1. Bold chair

A bold striped chair from our ReStore A bold flamingo-patterned chair from the ReStore

A chair can make the perfect addition to your bedroom, bringing both utility and flair. Whether you want a plush, comfy armchair you can sink into while you read the morning paper, or if you prefer a sturdy, simple chair you can use to lay out your clothes in the morning, you’ll get a lot of use out of this handy piece of furniture.

If your room has a simple design, bringing in an accent chair can be the perfect way to spice things up. This look is especially impactful in a room with light-toned walls, against which the chair’s brilliant colours will really pop. Have some fun with your choice – maybe the vibrant stripes stand out to you or maybe the flamingo upholstery will add just the right amount of playfulness to your space.

2. Captivating artwork

Colourful art from the ReStore Monochromatic flowers print Sunflower and flower art

If you feel like something’s missing from your room, but you can’t quite place your finger on exactly what it is, the culprit is likely a lack of artwork. Art brings such a quality of warmth and personality to any space. It’s the perfect way to express your tastes so that you can truly make the space your own.

There’s no right or wrong way to decorate with art, so let your emotions be your guide. Whether you enjoy more simplistic pieces, like a monochromatic photograph, or if you prefer the swirling colours in a painted masterpiece, feel free to mix and match with whatever you’re drawn to. Choosing artwork with a splash of colour can be a great way to tie together other accents within your room. The yellow sunflowers will perfectly compliment a yellow throw pillow on your bed and a striped yellow area rug.

3. Statement mirror

Decorative over sized mirror from the ReStore Small decorative mirror from the ReStore Decorative over sized mirror from the ReStore

Mirrors are a powerful way to completely transform the look of a room. Not only do they add a decorative touch, they’re also a great way to open up  your space by making it feel bigger and brighter.

Large mirrors are perfect for using reflections to make your room look larger than it actually is. When you start adding different pieces of furniture to your bedroom, it can begin to feel a bit cramped. But if you’re too attached to part with your chunky dresser, simply adding some oversized mirrors can be the perfect solution.

Choosing an ornately framed mirror allows the piece to act as the centerpiece of your wall. It draws the eye to its intricate design and adds a stunning touch of elegance to any space. Statement mirrors are also complimented nicely when flanked on both sides by wall art.

4. Record wall art

Box of records for sale in the ReStore
Pinterest record wall art project

Picture taken and project created by Mom It Forward on Pinterest.

We have a large collection of records for sale, and this simple project will take you only minutes to bring to life. Record wall art brings a wonderful vintage touch to the room, balanced by its modern simplicity. You can choose to display your favourite artists or pick out the records by the colour of its label.

To recreate this project by Mom It Forward on Pinterest, you’ll only need a few basic materials: vinyl records (she used nine), sheet music, scissors and a heavy-duty glue stick. First, cut a circle out of the sheet music that’s slightly larger than the record label. Then, glue your circles to the centre of the records and hang them up in an arrangement you like. Alternatively, you can skip the sheet music step and appreciate the records’ traditional beauty.

5. Unique lighting fixture

Stunning light fixture from our ReStore Light fixture from our Burlington ReStore

Lighting can completely change the look of your space, depending on both the tone of the bulb and the fixture. Switching from a white-toned bulb to one with more of a yellow hue can make your room feel much cozier and more inviting.

Lighting doesn’t have to be all practical; your ceiling light fixture is a great opportunity to add drama, whimsy and charm. Don’t shy away from picking out a unique light, as it allows you to really kick the room’s style up a notch.

If you’re looking to make your light the centrepiece of the room, then a chandelier is the way to go. The way it refracts light will give the space an ethereal beauty, making your bedroom feel like an idyllic getaway. Pendant lights also come in many varied styles, and you can pick one out that really pulls together pieces within the room. 

6. Colourful crates

Colourful crates for sale in our ReStores are a great storage solution

One thing that bedrooms seem to have no shortage of is junk. If you find that every inch of shelf and desk space is taken up by various knick-knacks and trinkets, it’s probably time to bring in some storage solutions.

While some people opt to delegate a drawer for junk, you don’t necessarily have to lose out on dresser space. By bringing in one or two of our fun storage crates, you can organize your loose items and add a pop of colour. Many of our crates are also built on wheels for easy rearranging.

7. Funky Vase

Colourful vases for sale in our ReStores Colourful vases for sale in our ReStores Colourful vases for sale in our ReStores

When revamping your room, the most impactful changes can lie in the smallest details; these tiny touches can really pull together everything else you’ve done. When it comes down to the specifics, many people forget or simply don’t bother with them.

The addition of elements like a funky vase is a great way to have fun with decorating. If you see a unique style that matches your aesthetic, bring it home and see what inspires you. Maybe you’ll fill it with a delicate bundle of fresh roses to add a flair of elegance or use a big bold vase and fill it with a few branches or sticks to place by your door.

8. Teacup planter

Teacup for sale in the ReStore
Teacup planter DIY project

Photo taken and project created by Stephanie Garden Rose Therapy on Pinterest.

Our ReStores have a wide collection of delicate teacups, but if tea parties aren’t your style, these stunning antiques can make for lovely room décor. With this simple DIY project from Stephanie Rose Garden Therapy on Pinterest, you can turn this teacup into a beautiful planter.

Recreating this piece is as simple as filling a little soil in the bottom of the teacup, placing your plant of choice inside and adding a little soil around the sides and top of the plant until it’s secure. While violas were used for this project, any small plant would work. You could use succulents, daisies or even grow your own tiny herb garden.

9. Upcycled dresser

Many items available for sale in our ReStores are one-of-a-kind pieces upcycled in our ReVive Centre. ReVive is our workshop for breathing new life into old items. Look at the magic our centre can work, taking this piece from outdated and rundown to modern and chic. 

Before picture of dresser in ReVive

Before

After

Dresser for sale in our ReStore Dresser for sale in our ReStore

Aside from providing a large amount of storage space for your wardrobe, dressers can also be a stylish asset when designing your room. You can choose a simple, sophisticated design or opt for a dresser that’s more vibrant. 

Use the top of your dresser as an opportunity to make the most of your space. Rather than using it as a dumping ground for random items, you can arrange items already within your room to create a stunning focal piece. You can set a mirror atop the dresser and lean it against the wall, to lend both openness to the room and a reflection to get ready in front of. Adding your funky vase, a few photographs and some bottles of perfume or cologne is all you need to decorate your dresser, combining both utility and style.

Shop used furniture from the ReStore to revamp your room!

All of these pieces are finds from our ReStores, and with hundreds of items donated daily, you never know what treasures you’ll find the next time you visit. Our stores are also the perfect place to find inspiration. With so many items at affordable prices, let your creativity inspire you and see which DIY projects you can recreate using finds from our ReStores.

Not only are our stores the best place to shop for quality used furniture and household items, but they also support Habitat’s mission to expand affordable housing right here within our community. Click here to learn how.

ReStore locations

Burlington

Location: 1800 Appleby Line, L7L 6A1

Hours: Mon-Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Phone: 906-637-4446

Mississauga

Location: 4500 Dixie Road, L4W 1V7

Hours: Mon-Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Phone: 905-828-0987


Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga is a proud member of our national organization Habitat Canada and is one of 54 local Habitat affiliates across our country. Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability, and independence through affordable homeownership. We provide a solid foundation for better, healthier lives in Canada and around the world. You can find out more about Habitat Canada at habitat.ca

By: Olivia Kabelin