Habitat's ReStore is open to the public

Published on Saturday, 16 November 2013 21:20 - Written by By Deanna Harrison Guest Columnist

EDITOR’S NOTE: Smith County Habitat for Humanity is currently building its 100th home. To mark the milestone, Deanna Harrison, director of development, is serving as guest columnist. She prepared the following information about Habitat’s Restore.

Smith County Habitat’s Re-Store is a regional home improvement center open to the public. Located at the corner of Front and Palace streets in Tyler, it sells new and slightly used home improvement products, plumbing and electrical fixtures, furniture, appliances, rugs, paint and painting supplies.

“Some of our product is donated by folks in the community, and we also receive bulk donations from manufacturers and other retail stores,” Jim Wooldridge, the store’s director, said.

New products that can be found in the ReStore include area rugs, vinyl tile, wood molding and laminate flooring.

In addition to selling home improvement materials, the Re-Store is a drop-off site for old electronics, such as computers, monitors, laptops and cell phones.

“People can drop off their old electronic equipment or shop for recertified computers while they’re in the ReStore,” Wooldridge said. Computers range from $99.99 to $299.99 and come with a 90-day warranty.

But that’s not all. The ReStore also offers a service called Deconstruc-tion.

“If someone is remodeling their home or office, they should give us a call,” Wooldridge said. “We will come out and rescue cabinets, plumbing and lighting fixtures, appliances, heating and A/C equipment and other building materials from being unnecessarily disposed of during remodeling. After the products are returned to the ReStore, they are reassembled or tested before being sold to the general public.”

Each year through their Decon-struction service, Smith County Habitat’s ReStore keeps about 200 tons of materials out of the landfill.

The ReStore accepts donations of lumber, tile, paint, painting accessories, doors, windows, ceiling fans, light and plumbing fixtures and accessories, construction materials, tools, large appliances, furniture, door hardware, cabinets and cabinet hardware.

All ReStore sales support Smith County Habitat and its mission to build and renovate homes for people in need. The ReStore is at 822 W. Front St., and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The store will be open on Black Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 903-531-0072.