How Does the ReStore Support Habitat’s Mission?

Habitat's non-profit ReStores exemplify the challenges within the zoning process.

Wouldn’t it be the ideal scenario if you could shop while making a positive impact in your community? What if we were to tell you that with Habitat HM’s ReStores, you can?

Every purchase made from our ReStores allows our organization to do more in expanding affordable housing right here within our community. So while you’re filling your basket with items in our store, you’re also filling a local family with hope.

How does the ReStore support Habitat?

When you come into our ReStore, find the perfect piece of furniture for your home and hand over the money to one of our amazing cashiers, that isn’t where your impact on Habitat ends.

Twenty per cent of the revenue from your purchase will be used to cover administrative costs required to run a not-for-profit organization. The other 80 per cent goes directly into our build fund.

By helping support our operational costs, you’re ensuring that every dollar donated to Habitat HM can go directly into our fund to build more homes. So by purchasing this door, you’re allowing us to invest our energy into what we do best – building affordable housing.

It’s not just making a purchase. It’s creating change within your community.

What makes our ReStores different from traditional thrift stores?

Thrift stores are thought of as the perfect way to get rid of unwanted clutter and give back to your community. Unfortunately, this is a common misconception about the way traditional thrift stores operate. In reality, 75 per cent of your donations are being shipped overseas and the local charities they’re “benefitting” see less than 20 per cent of the thrift store’s revenue from goods donated on their behalf.

So what makes Habitat’s ReStores different? They allow our organization to maintain full control over your donation, from when we receive the item to its resale with a local family. Other charities that don’t have the ability to sell donated items themselves are left with the single option of outsourcing the resale of donations to third-party companies like Value Village.

By maintaining control over the sale of our items, we’re able to ensure that 100 per cent of the net revenue generated goes straight into our fund to build more affordable homes.

What items do we sell in the ReStore?

The better question is what doesn’t the ReStore sell?

A set of outdoor chairs and a table with an umbrella available for sale in our Mississauga ReStore. Come check out our rustic DIY projects we create for purchase in Habitat HM's ReVive Centre. Come shop Habitat HM's Restores to find unique and affordable patio furniture or outdoor décor. Shop lights at Habitat HM's ReStores to find unique and affordable styles to suit any home.
Stools made with live-edge wood Wine rack made in our workshop Buy used furniture for your bedroom from the ReStore. Sectional couch
Shop at Habitat HM’s ReStores to find your antique hunting treasure! Shop at Habitat HM’s ReStores to find your antique hunting treasure! Shop at Habitat HM’s ReStores to find your antique hunting treasure! You'll find many unique pieces like these hand-crafted candle holders made in our ReVive Centre.
DIY projects are an amazing way to repurpose old items and spruce up any space. Creating a one-of-a-kind DIY piece with your own two hands can be an incredibly rewarding experience, bringing with it many psychological benefits. That’s why Habitat HM’s ReVive Centre has a new, highly requested program in the works: DIY workshops. What’s the ReVive Centre? If you haven’t yet heard about our ReVive Centre, it’s a green upcycling centre that’s exclusive to Habitat HM. We like to think of our work as DIY with purpose. We take old donated products and raw materials that would otherwise end up in the landfill and we breathe new life into them. These stunning creations are then sold in our ReStores, with revenue from their sale covering necessary costs of not-for-profit administration. What’s a DIY workshop? Unsurprisingly, when people saw the projects coming out of our ReVive centre, they wanted a piece of the action. With questions like “How do I make one of those!?” helped us quickly realize the need for a workshop program so we can let others in on the feeling of joy that comes from creating. As we’ve only recently started hashing out the details of what our DIY workshops will look like, some specifics may change, but we wanted to bring you an outline of what they’ll look like. What kinds of DIY projects will be offered in the workshops? Our workshops will feature smaller-scale DIY designs, so you don’t have to worry about overly-daunting projects like constructing a table from scratch. Some things we’ll be working on include refinishing furniture, creating rustic home décor and building wooden storage crates. *pictures from ReVive folder* Is any background knowledge necessary? Absolutely not! Our aim with these workshops is to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to be able to create some stunning DIY pieces at home when you leave our ReVive Centre. Whether you’re an aspiring Pinterest-er who hasn’t experimented with DIY beyond admiring pieces posted online, you’re an artist with a strong DIY vision who is simply lacking the know-how or you’re an experienced DIY guru without the proper tools at home, our workshops will provide the perfect space for your creativity to thrive. “We’ve had corporate teams come in (with individuals who) have never held a hammer or paintbrush and they (create) wonderful pieces,” said Cait Kennedy, manager of the ReVive Centre. What will you learn? As we’re excited to welcome DIY-ers of all different skill levels, our team of highly-skilled staff and volunteers at the ReVive centre will teach you everything you need to know to safely and correctly produce a beautiful finished product. At Habitat HM, safety is always our first priority. The projects in these workshops will involve light, controlled tool use. These include relatively intro-level tools, such as drills, palm sanders, and chop saws. As we’re the organization that centres around building, we’re the perfect place for you to pick up some crucial hands-on tool know-how. We’ll guide you through the steps of creating your DIY project, but the design is all up to you. We encourage you to flex your creative muscles and let your imagination flow into your piece. Might even be surprised at the incredible items you can create. Who are these DIY workshops for? Our highly-inclusive workshops welcome anyone and everyone to join our team for a day in our ReVive Centre. Our DIY workshops are perfect for any get-together. Switch up your girls’ night and opt to DIY, bring a team from your workplace for an engaging bonding experience, bring your significant other for a perfectly unique date night or stop by solo so you can build your skills and capitalize on your creativity. Because we’ll be working with tools, we ask that participants be over the age of 16. We have plans to eventually expand our DIY workshops to include family days, welcoming participants of ages under 16, so stay tuned for more information on that! Where will the workshops take place? The workshops will take place in our ReVive Centre, which is located beside our Mississauga ReStore, at 4500 Dixie Rd. When are the workshops coming? We’re hoping to have our workshops open for registration by late summer. Our current projected timeline is to have them up and running by August or September. Associated fees We’re still in the process of ironing out the details, but the workshops will cost approximately $50-$100. Bring DIY to your home DIY projects are a great way to bring unique items into your home that will reflect your individual tastes. With DIY, the sky’s the limit as to what you can create. Use these skills that you take away from our DIY workshops to experiment with different projects. These pieces are a great way to make any house feel more like a home with these personal touches. Get your family involved and make a day out of creating new DIY décor that you’ll be able to appreciate day after day. Benefits of getting creative Beyond being able to bring home a stunning item you can proudly boast was created by you, DIY also provides the creator with many psychological benefits. Gives a strong sense of satisfaction The process of starting with an outdated item, or using materials from scratch, and transforming it into a work of art is extremely satisfying. Being able to create something with your own two hands that you can be proud of is one of the most rewarding accomplishments. Boosted brain power Aside from all the new skills and knowledge you’ll be equipped with after leaving our workshops, using your creativity is an amazing way to activate important parts of the brain that are often left unstimulated. DIY can be a great way to uncover not only hidden talent, but also hidden passion that might have been lacking from your life. An opportunity to disconnect In today’s age, it’s a familiar sight to see everyone around you absorbed in their phones, overlooking the world that’s happening outside of their screen. Bringing DIY projects into your home can be the perfect time to get some much-needed tech-free time. So you can re-connect Jump on the opportunity of disconnecting from technology and social media to re-connect with those who matter most in your life. Set a plan to spend a sunny Saturday in your backyard with family or friends, bonding over the experience of trying out your new-found DIY skills. Feel free to reach out to Cait Kennedy, our amazing ReVive Centre manager, with any questions you might have about our upcoming DIY workshops. You can send her an email at ckennedy@habitathm.ca. We look forward to seeing you at Habitat HM’s ReVive Centre DIY workshops soon! Dining table Office chair

For a comprehensive list of the furniture you can find in our stores, click here.

What build projects will your purchases help support?

Crew-Goetz Landing Build

Crew-Goetz Landing, located on Queensway Drive in Burlington, is our largest build to date. It will be home to 18 hardworking families within our community. This project began in 2016 and is well on the path to completion.

With all of the planning and permits finalized, we started by demolishing the previous buildings on the lot and prepping the land for our new build. After the foundation was laid and the framing was erected, construction on the home’s exterior began. Now, with the roof’s last shingle laid, our team is beginning work on the home’s interior.

Bristow-Law Build Project

Our Bristow-Law Build, on Merritt Avenue in Mississauga, is transforming a former abandoned fire station into four homes. This project was also launched in 2016 and one day four families will move into these homes.

Following necessary planning, demolition and environmental testing, it was time for building to begin. With the necessary foundations laid, our dedicated volunteers and staff have started framing the four semi-attached homes.

If you’re interested in supporting our build projects, so we can get deserving families moved into these homes as quickly as possible, you can make a donation here.

Shop the ReStore today!

Shop in the ReStore today for the ultimate win-win scenario: you walk away with the perfect item for your home and Habitat HM can do more to drive change within our neighbourhood, all thanks to your support.

Make your purchase count with Habitat HM’s ReStores and support our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to call home.

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