Habitat Happenings

Wake ReStores are Hiring

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Habitat Wake ReStores are growing! In July we opened our Apex location at 826 E. Williams Street and in October, we will open our fourth location in Fuquay-Varina. The new Fuquay-Varina ReStore will be located at 1352 N. Main Street, next to Tractor Supply. With this growth  – Wake ReStores are hiring!

We are looking for several Part-time Donation Pick Up Drivers Click HERE for a complete job description and send a resume and cover letter to natalie.chesson@habitatwake.org

Cary ReStore has filled the position of Assistant Store Manager

Fuquay-Varina ReStore has filled all open positions.


Your home is your castle

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For many of us, our home is our castle! It is an extension of who we are and the place we feel most comfortable. Our homes may not be actual castles, but they are grand in their own way.

If you are considering a remodel, upgrading you space, expanding your space, or just looking for creative ideas to consider for you home improvement project – The Southern Idea Home Show Raleigh is the place to be! Southern Ideal Home Show is the largest leading home & garden trade show in the USA. This exhibition will focus on home improvement, home & garden design, back yard oasis, custom home interiors, and building trends. It will attract many visitors & exhibitors from USA and around the world.

The Southern Ideal Home Show is in Raleigh

Join us Friday September 26th through Sunday September 28th at the NC State Fairgrounds. Hundreds of exhibitors will be showcasing their ideas, products, services, and talents for making your home a castle!

Habitat Wake ReStore will be hosting our Red Tag Sale! Find great items, at a great price for a great cause! Wake ReStores are the thrift stores with a mission! Store locations in Raleigh, Cary, Apex and opening this October to Fuquay-Varina!

ReStore Opening in Fuquay-Varina

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It’s official! Habitat Wake has opened its fourth ReStore in Fuquay-Varina! The store is located at 1352 N. Main Street, Fuquay-Varina  27526 next to Tractor Supply. This is a 12,500 sq. ft. facility that will sell gently used furniture, appliances, building materials, flooring, doors, windows, light fixtures, cabinets and more!

Great stuff, at a great price, for a great cause!

Habitat Wake ReStores collect new and gently used materials and resell them to the public at discounted prices. The ReStores are the thrift stores with a mission! Proceeds from the ReStores support Habitat Wake’s mission to build safe, affordable housing with hard-working, low-income Wake County families. With your support, we will build our 500th home and serve our 1000th family in 2015!

How You can Support the ReStore!

SHOP:  Our ReStores provide the opportunity for you to purchase amazing products such as furniture, appliances, building materials, and more at greatly reduced prices. You never know what you will find at the ReStore; however, you will always find a bargain.

DONATE:  Consider donating your gently used furniture, appliances, doors, windows, and other home good items to the ReStore. Know that your donated materials will find a “re-purpose.” Donations are tax deductible and environmentally friendly. For items too large, we offer FREE scheduled pick-ups. Call 919-744-2420.

VOLUNTEER:  If you want to meet some great people, are interested in learning a new skill, or have a passion to help your  community, the Habitat ReStores need you! We have opportunities as merchandisers, cashiers, donation procurement, sales floor associate, and light repair.


The Wake ReStore has FREE Pick Up Service

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Wake ReStore will Pick Up Your Stuff—FREE

I don’t know about you, but when I get together with my book club, we tend to discuss everything except the book. Last week’s pop-up topic: how freeing it feels to get rid of stuff, yet who has time to organize a yard or garage sale?

It got me thinking.

Why not enlist Habitat Wake Restores’ pick up service to help groups and clubs, neighborhoods, cul-de-sacs, entire communities, or simply next-door neighbors get rid of their stuff—in bulk, all on the same day?

It’s a win-win

Wake Habitat’s Restores always need donations, and what homeowner doesn’t need to rid their homes of clutter. It can be very freeing. Collected goods are then resold in the ReStore and proceeds support the Habitat Wake mission to build homes, communities and hope.

Speaking of FREE

Not only is the pick-up service free, donors get a tax write-off. You can also drop off your donated materials at any of their ReStore locations in Raleigh, Cary or Apex during regular business hours.

Wake ReStores accept hundreds of household materials…

…just about everything—including the kitchen sink. From flooring, brick, paver stones, and many appliances to wallpaper and blinds, furniture, cabinets, bathtubs, lawnmowers, lighting fixtures, door knobs, trim and molding, architectural columns and mantels—even hinges and screws! You’d be surprised what we’ll take. One person’s trash is another’s treasure. And this treasure is what has helped fund the 470+ Wake County Habitat homes we’ve built for deserving families since 1985. The ReStore does have certain criteria on what they accept – click here for details.

Share the opportunity of Free Pick Up service to your group

Wake ReStores offer FREE Pick up for items too large to drop off and scheduling is easy. You can call 919-744-2420, email: restore.donation@habitatwake.org or click here to fill out the online form. Consider sharing with your group the ways they can clean out, declutter and support a great cause.

The form asks what items will be donated, the pick-up address, contact number, etc. Then someone will contact you about a convenient pick-up date.

Want to organize a community wide FREE Pick Up with Wake ReStore?

If you live in a community / neighborhood and would like to organize a scheduled Pick Up with the Wake ReStore – it’s easy. You can call them at 919-744-2420 or email natalie.chesson@habitatwake.org and ask about organizing a community event. The ReStore will provide you the materials necessary to organize and promote the event. In addition, they will provide signage to place in the community the week of the pick up to remind residents.

Done! How easy was that?

Before and Happily Ever After…

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The cool thing about shopping at the Wake ReStore is not just the great deals that support a great cause, but the possibilities. The possibilities are endless. Buy a $5 chair and with a little imagination and creativity… you can have a $50 chair. A chair that “makes the room” and results in much praise and compliments! And a designer is born! Or at the very least, you are now a crafter, DIY maven or repurpose enthusiast.

Every day, new treasures are made available at our RaleighCary , Apex ReStore and now Fuquay-Varina. Donations are dropped off, picked-up, and secured through our Deconstruction program. “Decon” salvages materials from kitchen remodels, remodeling projects and complete home tear downs. All of these materials are resold in the ReStore to help fund the mission of Habitat Wake to build homes, communities and hope. To date, we have built over 460 homes and touched more than 780 families.

When you shop at our ReStore, you never know what you’ll find, however, you will always find a bargain! Take that bargain and see what you can transform it into. Take a photo of the “Before” and the “After” and send it to us. We’d love to share your talents, treasure and transformation! Send your photo’s, where you purchased the item (Raleigh, Cary, Apex, or Fuquay ReStore), the price of the item, a quick explanation of what you did to transform your piece, and your contact information (we will not share information other than your first name). We will share your “Before and After” on our website, include in our email newsletter and share through social media.

The Before and Happily Ever After Project: If you would like to submit your “Before” and “After” photo of an item purchased at one of our ReStores, we will occasionally share on our website, on social media and include in our email newsletter.


  • Send an email  with the subject line of “Before and After” to : BeforeAndAfter@habitatwake.org
  • Include a photo of the “Before” and  “After”
  • Tell us which store the item was purchased from and the cost
  • Provide a brief description of what you did to transform the item
  • Include your name (we will only share your first name when we post photos)


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