Pam Hammer, the executive director of Habitat for Humanity in San Angelo at center, opens the Restore for business Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. (Photo: Colin Murphey / San Angelo Standard-Times)
SAN ANGELO — For people isolating at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic who may have found time for do-it-yourself projects or home improvement efforts, there is a resource in San Angelo that offers a low-cost alternative to big-name hardware stores.
And while many of the products at the Habitat for Humanity Restore may be used, they are far from used up.
The Habitat for Humanity Restore, located at 401 N. Chadbourne St. in downtown San Angelo, is a nonprofit home improvement store which not only saves customers money, but also keeps building materials out of local landfills and helps support the work of Habitat for Humanity.
The store caters to a wide variety of clientele, said executive director Pam Hammer.
“When I started here, I really wasn’t sure who shopped with us,” Hammer said. “What I found was, it’s everybody. Everybody comes in from contractors to members of the public who are looking for do-it-yourself stuff. We have a lot of stuff that’s donated that is very unique. If you need something for your home but you can’t afford something brand-new, we probably have it, and it’s probably just gently used.”
Hammer said, while the inventory of the store is constantly changing, there are some items that Habitat for Humanity consistently accepts from people interested in donating. Accepted household items include light fixtures, cabinets, blinds and shutters, doors and windows, shelves, paint and plumbing supplies. The store does not accept appliances, used paint, florescent lights, cloth furniture or burned, wet or rotting wood.
Hammer said as long as the donation is in gently-used condition and can be cleaned up or repaired, the Habitat for Humanity Restore might be interested in putting it on the shelf, keeping it out of a landfill and helping people in the community improve their home.
“If your stuff is still in good condition or something that can be easily fixed, bring it to me,” Hammer said. “There are so many people out there that can use this store. We have so much to offer here. We get new stuff everyday. Sometimes we get stuff that we’re not exactly sure what it is. And we still have a lot of people that did not know we are open. Come to us first. We have bathtubs. We have sinks. We have windows. We have a lot of stuff you can use before you go buy something brand new. It all goes into our mission of building brand-new houses for low-income families.”
The store is open Tuesday-Thursday every week from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and the last Saturday of every month from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. More information about the restore can be found at https://www.habitatsanangelo.org/
Cans of paint sit on pallets at the Habitat for Humanity Restore in San Angelo on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. (Photo: Colin Murphey / San Angelo Standard-Times)
Colin Murphey is a photojournalist covering all things in West Texas for the San Angelo Standard-Times. Send him a news tip at CMurphey@gannett.com. Consider supporting West Texas journalism with a subscription to GoSanAngelo.com.
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