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Forum topic by AngieO posted 09-09-2013 10:07 PM 1750 views 0 times favorited 29 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-09-2013 10:07 PM

Last year I found that our community had a Habitat for Humanity ReStore. If you haven’t heard of it before they are amazing. Well… if you are like me and love that kind of stuff it is. :)

Last weekend they had their annual warehouse sale. It’s when they open up their warehouse to the public. This warehouse is where they store all their donations until there is room in the store. Last year it was where I found my plunge router and skil saw. Plus lots more. This year… I was disappointed. We just opened our newly build hospital this year. They donated LOTS and LOTS of stuff from the old one so it ended up being mostly things from the hospital. Lots of cabinets, bookcases and desks that you’d find in a hospital office and lots of seating. This did not really appeal to me. No tools. :( No misc items I could pick up to build something with.

I did however find a long countertop that I liked. It was $5 and made from plywood/wood instead of particle board. So I figured I couldn’t go wrong at that price. I know i’m about to build a miter station and I thought maybe it could come in handy for that. But other than that… I found a small framed cork board for .50.

So I went into the actual store and found something else. A set of kitchen drawers. They wanted $7 for the pair. This was only because there was no price tag on them and so they asked a volunteer that was in there to price them and that was the price he gave them. I jumped on it. I thought maybe I’d put a top on them and some wheels and make some mobile carts out of them. Maybe put my sander or my band saw on them. Also thought about attaching them together and making a stand for my router table.

Anyhow… they’ve been in my way since I got them. And after getting the hutch I fixed for my friend out of the garage I found the perfect place to “store” these until I figured out what to do. Here is what I ended up doing….

Ok… so I’m a ‘trash to treasure’ kinda girl… So I’m loving how this is actually working out for me. This turned out to be a great “desk” area for me. I have some things stored on it but I can use the drawers and it’s a good place to assemble things and look over plans. I have my cord board hanging up above it for now with projects I’m currently working on. What do you think? For $12 I dont think it’s too bad.

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#1 posted 09-09-2013 10:18 PM

That is a gloat worthy find!

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#2 posted 09-09-2013 10:24 PM

I’m diggin’ that PINK tool box! :-)

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#3 posted 09-09-2013 10:27 PM

Angie…I used to go to 2 Habitat stores in Columbus/Delaware,Ohio that really had some good stuff and very reasonable prices. I’m around Tampa now and there are 3 stores in the area that I know of. Unfortunately whoever does their pricing must think they are on a retail level. I poke around at least once a month and have yet to find any real bargains.
Congrats on your finds and I really miss the ones in Columbus.
Have a great day.

-- Life is good.

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#4 posted 09-09-2013 10:32 PM

your lucky our restore has hiked their prices so high that most things are close to new. It used to be a great place to find deals, but not any more. I hope thats just around here. Good score.

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#5 posted 09-09-2013 10:41 PM

Great find !

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#6 posted 09-09-2013 10:59 PM

To be serious, I think the laminate top would make a good sharpening station to place a granite tile for your sandpaper “scary sharp” platform and such… The laminate will repel the WD40/PB-Blaster, etc. and clean up well.

Laminate for real abuse,... not so much. Just an opinion…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#7 posted 09-09-2013 11:19 PM

Awesome find. More people need to look into those places.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 09-09-2013 11:35 PM

I agree with a few of the above comments. The store here in the Mesa/Phoenix area must be trying to compete with Home Depot. There are no bargains to be found. I would be there much more frequently if there were! I’m glad you had a successful visit.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#9 posted 09-09-2013 11:35 PM

great find angie.i like going to the local store and getting old hinges.most of the time they sale them 10 for a buck,can’t go wrong there.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#10 posted 09-10-2013 01:46 AM

You are the man….well ya’know what I mean…That is awesome! Like me dad told me along time ago…”If you don’t leave the house….You will never now what Movie is showing downtown!” Good find!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#11 posted 09-10-2013 01:47 AM

Angie, you are a smart shopper. Our Restore used to be good for prices and now they are getting fancy and upping the prices. I have not bought anything in there for 3 trips now- better to buy new at Menards.
Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 09-10-2013 01:50 AM

Good find Angie. I wish we had a store like that around here. I need a decent counter top too.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#13 posted 09-10-2013 01:54 AM

I bought a big solid core door for $8.25 including tax! So heavy I can’t handle it by myself. I plan to cut it down to make a counter top for the cubby hole in my garage.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#14 posted 09-10-2013 03:28 AM

Thanks guys. I love it. Every time I go out there I think about just leaving it like it is. And thanks for the reminder HorizontalMike about the beating. Not sure how much it would get if I put my miter saw on it… But I’ve thought about some other possibilities for it.

Of course I have a pink tool box. Lol. And you can’t tell from the pic… But the black bag in front of it has pink trim … AND it’s full of pink tools. Lol. Kids got those for me for Mother’s Day this year. I love it!

Lol. On a different note. My ex was in my shop over the weekend. I was saying something and refered to it as my “shop”. Oh my… Up until that point he had been doing very well at hiding his feelings about what I have done. And it wasn’t intentional. But man oh man! When I called it my shop… The steam rolled out of his ears and he said… “This is not a shop! It’s a garage!!!” Then he realized he had lost it and quickly left to go back outside and recover. I left it alone. No need to pour salt in his wounds. It’s enough that I’m happy and I’m getting to follow a dream that I’ve had for so long. I love that I have my own SHOP. And I don’t ever plan on giving my love for woodworking up. It’s part of who I am. The next guy can love me and accept it (and hopefully share in it)... Or find a woman that doesn’t have her own wood shop. :)

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#15 posted 09-10-2013 03:31 AM

And as for the ReStore… (Back on topic lol)... For now they have great prices on things. And i didn’t know what a great buy their hinges were till I went to lowes and bought some. Lol. Next time… I’ll be getting me some hinges at he restore.

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