Renovate on a budget at this new discount home improvement store

Opening on Saturday 7 May, all profits from ReStore will go towards building homes for low-income families and homeless youth.

Renovating your home? A brand new not-for-profit store called ReStore is opening its doors in Adelaide’s North-West on Saturday 7 May. The first of its kind in the state, the Alberton shop will sell new and second-hand furniture and donated building materials at a discounted price.

ReStore will be owned and operated by Habitat for Humanity – a not-for-profit organisation, Habitat for Humanity, which builds homes and apartments for, low-income families, disadvantaged communities and homeless youth.

“For anyone looking at renovating – or for people who just love a bargain – ReStore is a great opportunity and perfect place to home,” said Housing for Habitat Executive Officer, Louise Hay.

“We have all kinds of hardware, furniture and building materials in stock. We have beautiful eclectic pieces, office furniture, and outdoor paving and lighting (all of which is brand new).

“A lot of our stuff is new and sent to us from builders and suppliers who haven’t used it, including laminate flooring and ceiling fans still in their boxes.”

After being in the pipeline for 15 years, Louise said the team is very excited to be opening its doors.

“It’s been 15 years of planning! And all the profits will go towards our social housing programs,” said Louise.

“Our official launch with the Member for Port Adelaide was on Wednesday. The support from the community and our donors was fantastic, and we can’t wait to share what we have to offer.”

So far, the organisation has built more than 40 homes and apartments in SA for people struggling with shelter or experiencing homelessness.

“In South Australia, we are currently helping the Lovett family build a home in Two Wells. We will hopefully be starting that project within the next four months,” said Louise.

Robert and Keira Lovett relocated from Port Lincoln to Adelaide in 2018 when their son, Declan, was diagnosed with leukodystrophy – a rare condition that has no cure. Their eldest son, Connor has also now been diagnosed with the condition.

Alongside supporting the Lovett family, Habitat for Humanity has initiatives supporting homeless youth in the Murray Bridge area, as well as recovery programs for those impacted by the 2019 bushfires.

“There’s currently over 200 youths couch-surfing and living in their cars,” said Louise.

“We have built four units for homeless youth in the Murray Bridge area and have also received a grant to built two more units in the area.

“We also ran a disaster recovery program called Garden of Hope, which helped people who were completely devastated by the 2019 bushfires.

 “We finished that recently, but we’re still helping some people who need extra support. That included providing new lawns and paving.

In addition to assisting low-income families and those impacted by bushfires, Habitat for Humanity also leads the A Brush with Kindness program, which provides minor home repairs and landscaping for one-off projects.

Recently, the organisation assisted Catherine House with gardening and non-building interior works, such as inserting vital kitchen cabinetry for its crisis accommodation.

To support this great organisation, make your way to the new ReStore on Saturday 7 April. There will be a free sausage sizzle from 11:30am-1:30pm to celebrate the grand opening.

The South Australian ReStore is located at 102 Port Road, Adelaide 5014.

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