November 10, 2023 – EAGLE TRIBUNE

LAWRENCE – A “Cheers to 10 Years” anniversary sale will be held at ReStore, a used furniture and home goods store that directly supports Habitat For Humanity.

The store at 647 Andover St., which is open to the public, sells and accepts donations of new or gently used furniture, appliances, cabinets, building materials and housewares.

All proceeds from sales of donated merchandise directly supports Habitat’s mission of providing affordable housing throughout Essex County, officials said.

The sale will run Friday, Nov. 17, and Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nearly everything in the store will be 74% off already discounted prices and all shoppers are welcome, according to a press release.

The ReStore first opened on March 31, 2011 at its original location of 4 Union St., Lawrence, and then moved to its Andover Street location and held its grand re-opening on Nov. 16, 2013.

Since then, it has provided the community with an affordable way to outfit their homes and do construction or DIY projects on a budget by offering discounted prices on all merchandise, according to the release.

“We have such a unique selection here – not only compared to other thrift shops, but also compared to many of the other area ReStores. We have aisles full of doors and windows, a wall of random lumber, full sets of cabinets, a huge selection of lighting. What makes it fun, is you never know what you’ll find here from day to day. We might get in four like-new washing machines on a Tuesday and they’ll be gone by Wednesday,” ReStore Director Jim Kapelson said.

Kapelson added ReStore is fortunate to have generous donors. In addition to area homeowners, the resale store operators have formed great relationships with local businesses, that together, keep the ReStore sales floor full, he said.

Businesses donate brand new but overstocked inventory or misorders and are able to receive a tax deduction. Not only are donors supporting the non-profit’s mission, but they are keeping tons of still usable goods out of the landfill, Kapelson said.

Essex County Habitat for Humanity is the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, the largest nonprofit homebuilder in the world.

Habitat builds decent, safe, and affordable homes in partnership with the families who need them. In place of a down payment, each partner family works at least 240 sweat equity hours alongside volunteers to build their home and then carries an affordable 30-year mortgage.

Since it was established in 1985, the affiliate has helped more than 160 families in Essex County.

To donate, volunteer, or learn more, please visit EssexCountyHabitat.org