Business: Habitat ReStore Cary


Cary, NC — Habitat ReStore on High House is like a combination Home Depot and used furniture store. I found everything from ceiling fans to rugs, tools, tiles and doorknobs.

Habitat ReStore in Cary

I talked with ReStore Manager Alex Cooley to learn all the details.

Proceeds from the Habitat ReStore benefit Habitat for Humanity of Wake County with some of the proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity International and Habitat for Humanity Honduras.

What You’ll Find

Wandering around the Habitat ReStore, I spotted everything from ceiling fans to refrigerators, kid’s bikes to area rugs.  I stumbled upon some unexpected items including golf clubs and gym equipment. As expected, I found a great amount of construction materials, including tiles, tools, paint, and doorknobs. Overall, the store is very navigable, with donations sorted by type.

Cooley said some of the most interesting pieces in the store are the antique tools and furniture. When I stopped by, there was an antique table from 1910.

If something catches your eye, Cooley recommends you buy it before it’s gone. The store’s stock changes regularly.

ReStore Door Knobs


I was surprised to learn that the Habitat ReStore in Cary even sells brand new cabinet sets. A corner of the store is set up like a cabinet show room, reminiscent of the displays seen in Home Depot or Loews. Again, all proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity.

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One-Stop Shop

Cooley said that being next to Dorcas Ministries, another area thrift store, doesn’t create any competition. He said that Dorcas has been a great neighbor because it creates a one-stop location for people to donate and shop.

While Dorcas Ministries mainly collects smaller household items and clothes, the ReStore collects large appliances, doors, cabinets, flooring, furniture, hardware, lighting, and paint. A full list can be found on their website.

ReStore Customers

“Building a house without holding a hammer”

Cooley said the best part about shopping at the ReStore is that people can help build houses for those in need without even picking up any tools. By coming to the ReStore before heading out to the major hardware stores, shoppers can support Habitat’s mission and even save some money.

“They’re building a house without holding a hammer,” Cooley said.

Apex ReStore Opens in July

An Apex ReStore will open in July. Habitat for Humanity of Wake County will celebrate 30 years of building homes for Wake County families next year.



Story by Kristen Chung, a sophomore at UNC Chapel Hill and summer journalism intern at CaryCitizen.

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    levitra generico says:

    When I renovated a few years back I began frequenting the ReStore for special accents and pieces that couldn’t be found in the usual retail outlets (or were available at much higher prices). At the time the ReStore had real brass fixtures in stock when both Lowe’s and Home Depot only stocked brass plate without ordering them. Other finds were real wood shutters (not plastic formed), a Kennedy Rocker, and a 29-gallon aquarium. Who would have thought?

    If you’re thinking about remodeling, stop by the ReStore first, not only to seek out special pieces but just to collect a few more ideas, too. Nice people.

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