Used home renovation items popular at Red Deer Habitat’s ReStore

With the economy on the downside, business is on the rise at a used goods store in Red Deer.

A store in Red Deer that sells used home renovation products has seen an increase in business over the past two years.

Les Rudnisky, manager of the Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Red Deer, said Wednesday that last year he noticed a lot more people coming into the store, which is located at 4732 78A Street Close.

ReStore receives donations of new and gently used items, like paint, lighting, windows, doors, hardware, furniture and appliances. They are then resold at discounted prices. All funds raised go back into local Habitat for Humanity Red Deer Region affordable housing projects in Central Alberta.

Rudnisky said they aren’t seeing as many bigger items being donated right now, such as appliances and furniture, because people aren’t replacing these as much, likely because of the Alberta economy.

He said fridges and stoves go fast right now because they are a high ticket item and people can save a lot by buying second-hand appliances.

“We get a lot of appliances in and out.”

The store is growing and they do try and expand their products as much as they can, Rudnisky said.

The prices are about 40 to 60 per cent below typical retail.

“It’s a win-win situation all the way around in today’s economy. That’s so important. It’s helping us out to help other people, and it’s helping out our customers.”

People donate all kinds of items — “You name it,” said Rudnisky.

“There’s a thousand million different items in the store.”

Last year the store was expanded and the organization has improved with the additional space.

On Oct. 21, ReStore will have a grand opening of its new outdoor storage area that was recently competed.

The Quonset building will be used for items such as doors and windows. For more information about ReStore, go online to habitatreddeer.ca

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