Last week saw the reopening of our Mississauga ReStore and ReVive Boutique to in-store shopping. With this recent event, and with the other 3 ReStores in Burlington, Milton and recently integrated Orangeville ReStore having reopened in mid-February, all the brick and mortar social enterprises of Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga-Dufferin (HMD) are now open to in-store shopping.
It’s been almost three months since the province of ON shut down, and our ReStores have had to try innovative ways of selling products in this time of the pandemic. And with the tremendous support from the West GTA and Dufferin County communities, the stores continued to provide their positive impact to the province’s environmental sustainability challenges, while keeping the nonprofit’s thrust to provide affordable housing in Halton Region, Mississauga and Dufferin County.
The ReStores help support the circular economy through recycling of household goods like furniture, appliances, building materials, clothes, home decor and more! The ReVive Boutique also offers the same social impact of recycling, but with an added function of upcycling of wooden pieces and restoration of old furniture. ReVive Boutique also offers a unique set of items given its different target audience — antique and vintage buyers, upcycled and recycled woodcraft and various collectible items from paintings, figurines, and more.
Being open to in-store shoppers improves the influx of customers and gets the various furniture, appliances, clothing, building materials, electronics, and the rest of the inventory of the ReStores re-circulated faster back into other people’s homes. Speaking of the circular economy, the ReStores are a key part of the region’s efforts to improve sustainability since recycling products and goods helps avoid unnecessary waste from going into landfills.
Donations from the communities of Halton region, including Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville, Dufferin County (including Orangeville) and the City of Mississauga help sustain the social impact of the ReStores. These donors vary from homeowners, to small business owners, corporations, and other donor partners from the community. If you would like to donate to Habitat HMD, here’s how.
For an April update, read the blog post, https://habitathm.ca/restore-curbside-pickup/.
ReVive Boutique reopened recently, and vintage and collectibles buyers can get their fill at this store. Open Tue to Sat 10am to 6pm.