Lake Highlands Habitat for Humanity ReStore to Open in Late February

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If you’re DIY aficionado or planning a home renovation project on a budget, then you’ve got to be jazzed about the Feb. 21 grand opening of the newest Habitat for Humanity ReStore Resale Outlet in DFW. The store will be located in Lake Highlands at the southeast corner of Skillman Street and Abrams Road in the space formerly occupied by Big Lots, which closed last year.

This location is the eleventh in the DFW area, all of which are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers selling new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at steep discounts (like 20 to 70 percent off retail prices). Each store is operated by local Habitat chapters, and proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity homebuilding efforts around the world.

The range of items at a ReStore is always surprising and it varies tremendously by location: I’ve seen everything from front doors to front-loading washing machines. And for the creatively inclined, this place is a mecca. The Dallas area ReStore knows what’s up: they’ve got their own Pinterest page with 25 boards featuring everything from Dallas ReStore sales and fab finds to inspiration for specific rooms around the house and upcycling ideas. I’ve already repinned a thrift store lamp makeover, projects using pallets, and a DIY furniture re-do from their pages. Jump to read more!

Habitat for Humanity ReStore spindles

The ReStore in Lake Highlands will be much like the other ten in Dallas-Fort Worth: an awesome selection of  stuff you were looking for, and stuff you didn’t even know you needed (check out the sparkly chandeliers already hanging in their windows! Ooooo!). All items come from the donations of local retailers, manufacturers, contractors, and individuals (you can make a donation or find out about arranging a large-item pick up by calling 214-678-2309).

In addition to raising money for Habitat’s homebuilding efforts, ReStores around the United States encourage sustainability and lessen the environmental impact of homebuilding and renovations. They do this by re-channeling usable surplus building supplies and other merchandise that might otherwise end up in a landfill.

In November, Habitat for Humanity passed the one million mark for the number of families they’ve served worldwide since the organization began in 1976. That represents 5 million people.

During its 2014 fiscal year, Habitat for Humanity served 313,274 families — about 1.6 million people in more than 70 countries — through home construction, renovations, and critical home repairs or increased access to improved shelter through products and services. In the United States, that number was 10,209 families.

Have you ever visited a Habitat ReStore and used their materials for a homebuilding or DIY project? Tell us about your experiences in the comment section!



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Leah Shafer

Leah Shafer is a content and social media specialist, as well as a Dallas native, who lives in Richardson with her family. In her sixth-grade yearbook, Leah listed "interior designer" as her future profession. Now she writes about them, as well as all things real estate, for

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  1. Mary Lindner, Broker, CPM says

    I have visited the Habitat ReStore in Plano several times and I love it! You never know what treasures you will find there and they have saved me a lot of money on the contemporary light fixtures, laminate flooring planks, tools, and other miscellaneous items that I have purchased there. I even bought one of their large re-usable bags and have used it constantly to lug around tools and supplies. The people who work there are the BEST! They are very helpful and genuinely care about people and the task at hand! If that’s not enough…they always offer everyone a cup of coffee and cookies when you walk in! I always go there before I visit the larger home improvement stores. The down-home feeling that I get when I shop there is very heart-warming, but the best feeling of all is knowing that I am helping Habitat for Humanity by spending my money there! 🙂

  2. Jon Anderson says

    Habitat for Humanity is also a great place to DONATE your leftovers. You may think, “That’s so ugly or old, no one would want it.” Wrong! If it works and is in decent shape, they’ll take it. They took old doors and multiple avocado appliances from the 1960s — they’ll even pick-up if you have a big load. This article was perfectly timed, I had a carload of leftover electrical supplies from my renovation (cleaning out closets) and was all ready to head to Oak Cliff tomorrow and now I can save a few pennies on gas!

  3. Jon Anderson says

    I just returned from my donation run. Store looks GREAT, stocked about as well as a mini Home Depot. I’m glad they were able to take my donation as I’m a boob and didn’t read the grand opening isn’t until next week!

  4. Punam Shallenberger says

    Leah, thank you for the wonderful write up on our new store! We’re thrilled about this weekend and glad that you’ve shared your sneak peek of the store with everyone. (Those sparkly chandeliers really are something!….they’ve also got the perfect vintage vanity that couldn’t be more ladylike and special.)

    Though the store opens this weekend, we’re accepting donations all week! Glad Jon was able to find us!

    Thanks for sharing that shopping at the ReStore means supporting Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity and our more than 1500 families as we continue to build hope and revitalize our city!

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