habitat for humanityWhen the Re-Use Center closed last year, Minneapolis duplex owners lost a valuable resource for replacing hard-to-match items, as well as dispose of gently used but still useful pieces of housing and excess building materials.

I’m happy to report that while the Re-Use Center hasn’t been reborn, Habitat for Humanity has stepped in to fill the void.

The ReStore store accepts donations of things like used kitchen cabinets, unwanted doors, leftover paint and floor tile.

It then resells these items at discounts of up to 75 percent of their retail price, with proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity.

This is a great idea. Not only does reusing material keep it out of landfills, it also provides duplex owners an opportunity to save money and match hard-to-find architectural pieces, but it also provides revenue for a great charity.

The ReStore also offers free electronics recycling for things like computer hard drives, cell phones, dvd players and ipods.  The items are then either refurbished or the raw materials recycled.

The ReStore is located in New Brighton at 510 County Road D W. They are open from 9-6 Tuesday-Friday, and 9-3 on Saturdays.