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Good, usable building materials at a fraction of retail prices.
The Syracuse Habitat for Humanity ReStore accepts donations of new and used building materials (from individuals and businesses) and resells them to the general public at a fraction of retail prices. All proceeds are used to support Syracuse Habitat for Humanity in its mission to provide home ownership opportunities for low income families in our area and its vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
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Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
A little bit of background.
Syracuse Habitat for Humanity first began experimenting with the idea of selling used and surplus building materials in 2002 by organizing a series of “warehouse sales” using donated industrial space in the Syracuse area. The warehouse sales, held periodically on Saturday mornings, provided an opportunity for homeowners, small contractors, and other businesses to purchase building materials and equipment donated by larger contractors and home improvement retailers at deeply discounted prices. The sales were highly successful in a number of respects: donors were provided with a cost-effective way to dispose of unwanted, excess, and used materials as a tax deduction; low income buyers were able to gain access to quality building materials and equipment at affordable prices previously unattainable in the Syracuse area; and Syracuse Habitat for Humanity collected the proceeds from the sales to help support their mission of homebuilding and community development. Additionally, the general public benefited greatly through the reuse of materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill, a burden to municipal infrastructure and the environment.
As the warehouse sales grew in exposure and interest, the event quickly attracted a loyal customer following and an increase in interest of donating materials. In order to expand the scope and impact of the warehouse sales concept, Syracuse Habitat for Humanity decide to purse the start-up of a retail store, following the framework of the ReStore concept that was becoming popular across Habitat for Humanity affiliates nationwide. The Syracuse Habitat for Humanity ReStore opened in 2004 in its permanent location, 308 Otisco Street, in the Near West Side. The Near West Side has been the focus of Syracuse Habitat for Humanity’s building restoration projects for years, and the ReStore has added new dimension to that focus. Located directly within the neighborhood, the ReStore is ideally positioned to service a large number of economically disadvantaged homeowners.