Tulsa's Habitat for Humanity ReStore store

Tuesday, December 28th 2004, 10:39 am
By: News On 6

Worldwide, Habitat for Humanity built 22,000 houses last year. That's 60 families getting a new house every day. In Tulsa, some of the funding for Habitat houses comes from the ReStore.

The ReStore at 1234 South Norwood sells surplus or used building materials to fund its programs.

News on 6 reporter Rick Wells says Gary Casteel gave him a tour around Tulsa's largest collection of what could be called shabby chic. New or gently used excess building materials, which you and I might put to use.

Take three pallets of leafs from expandable tables. The Habitat for Humanity folks turned them into coffee tables, which might land in someone's living room instead of the dump.

Creative imaginations can make useful things out most of the stuff in the ReStore. Need an old door to replace a broken one or to become a tabletop or even a headboard. The ReStore would love to sell you one. “We take the old door make some money on it, use that money to pay expenses and build more houses." That's how the system works and the reminders of habitat houses are hanging on the walls for customers to see.

Need a really big light fixture or chandelier? "That thing is marked $30, I don't know what's wrong with it." Maybe nothing at all, could be just looking for the right home or office to put it in. "This is bound to be a swank place if it's got one of those."

There are plenty of cabinet doors and windows which could replace broken ones or become the heart of someone's crafts project.

You get something you need at a great price; they use the money to build someone else a new house, what a nice trade.

The ReStore is located at 1234 South Norwood. It's open Wednesday through Saturday from 8 to 5. You can reach them at 592-7904.