Wouldn't it be great if there were a home-improvement thrift store where you could score bargains up to 60 percent off? Well there is! The Habitat for Humanity ReStore offers great deals on building materials, tools, appliances, furniture, lighting fixtures and designer decor.
The four ReStores in South Florida have everything you need -- both new and used -- to build and decorate a house.
Plus, purchases come with an added bonus: What you buy helps build a South Florida home for someone who needs one.
“We cover the needs of everyone, from someone who needs a $10 table to designers who want $3,000 chandeliers for $400,” says Nancy Daly, the volunteer chairwoman of the Fort Lauderdale ReStore on Broward Boulevard
ReStore merchandise turns over quickly, so if you don't see much one day, stop back on another. Also, if you see a great deal, buy it. The item may not be there when you return.
Here are a few examples of what was for sale on recent visits:
Fort Lauderdale, 505 W. Broward Blvd., 954-763-7771: Designer chandeliers and outdoor lighting fixtures for 40 to 60 percent off retail; new three-light halogen cable lighting kits ($20); new five-light monorail lighting kits ($40); new 60-inch contemporary glass-top table with four chairs ($250); new tan leather recliner by Natuzzi ($300); used Sub-Zero refrigerator ($750); new scratched and dented washers and dryer sets ($275); used GE Profile double-wall ovens ($100).
Boca Raton, 272 S. Dixie Highway, 561-362-7284: New cabinet hardware (99 cents each); tumbled marble subway tiles (40 cents each); new, boxed solid brass towel bars ($14.99); Canon copy machine ($299.99); Lexington wall unit ($1,199); Lexington wrought-iron and glass-top dining table with four chairs ($899); Jacuzzi tub ($1,499); new IKEA microwave ($179).
Liberty City, 2299 NW 77 Terrace, 305-637-4913: Roofing tiles (75 cents-$1 each); Mexican, porcelain and ceramic floor tiles (starting at 20 cents each); 3-by-3-foot marble tiles ($8 each).
West Palm Beach, 6831 N. Military Trail,561- 253-2290. (We didn't visit this store.)
Hurricane shutters: All the ReStores carry up-to-code shutters in corrugated steel, aluminum and plastic for $2 a foot.
TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR: Click here to watch a video, meet the volunteers and see a photo gallery and read more about the Fort Lauderdale Restore.
The Fort Lauderdale ReStore, top, and Nancy Daly, left, shows Sheketha Lowery how to use a power drill in the furniture workshop. Photos by Sarah Dussault/Sun Sentinel.