ReStore FAQs

What is the Habitat for Humanity ReStore?

Habitat ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers. The items we sell are available to the public and similar to what you may see in other home good stores, such as a brand-new box of tile you’ve been needing for your bathroom project or a vintage treasure you won’t find anywhere else. However, Habitat ReStores are more than just resell stores.

The purpose of Habitat ReStores is to contribute to the work of Habitat for Humanity. When you support your local ReStore by shopping, donating or volunteering, you are not only supporting your local community, you're also helping the mission to provide decent shelter to everyone around the world.


What happens with my donation? Does it go into a home built by Habitat?

Material donations are not used in Habitat-built homes. Instead, our ReStores sell them at low-cost to the public. The ReStores generate a valuable revenue stream that enables Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Los Angeles area to build more decent, affordable housing for hard-working, low-income families. Your donation not only helps support the construction of Habitat homes, it also helps reduce the costs of home-improvement for other homeowners in the LA community.


How do Habitat ReStores help the environment?

When items are donated to the ReStore they are kept out of the landfill and given a second chance at life. Since 2004 the Habitat LA ReStores have diverted over 13 million pounds from the landfill.

Are Habitat ReStores open to the public?

Yes! Stop by our three locations in Los Angeles. We are open 7 days a week, 8:30am-7:30pm.


What donations does Habitat ReStore accept?

We accept household items or building materials, which can include a wide variety of products. ReStore donations come from all kinds of sources — from your neighbor after a finished home project to a large restaurant chain with old furniture after remodeling. You can find a list of items we are currently accepting here.


How soon can you come pick up my donation?

We schedule out anywhere from same day to 1 week out depending on the time of the month and your location. You can call to schedule a pickup at 424-246-3637 or schedule you own pickup online here.


Is there a fee to have my donations picked up?

There is no mandatory fee for pickups. We do have a suggested donation of $15, which helps us cover transportation costs. We are extremely appreciative of any contribution you can make to Habitat. The more we save on costs, the more we can do for low-income homeowners in LA!


Can the ReStore pick up donations that are inside my home?

Yes! We can go inside your home to retrieve donation items, we just ask that everything is ready to go prior to the driver’s arrival. The drivers do not disassemble, uninstall, or pack up items. We ask that the items are placed on the first floor of your home. If our driver’s feel they may damage a donor’s home due to the size of the donation (i.e. large treadmill) or a specific obstacle (i.e. narrow stairway), they reserve the right to decline the donation.


Does the ReStore repair donated items and materials?

Unfortunately, we currently do not have the resources to repair or touch up items, which is why we can only accept lightly used donations that are in good, working condition.


How do I count my donation as a tax deduction if I have a scheduled pick up?

Our drivers will email you a donation receipt once they have received the items from you. We can also provide you with a hard copy receipt upon request. Legally, Habitat cannot appraise your donation(s), so all donors must fill out an estimated value for their donation(s) on the receipt. Please keep in mind that you are required by law to fill out IRS Form 8283 for any donation you value at $500 or more. Any donation with a total value of $5,000 or more must also be professionally appraised.


What does a Habitat for Humanity ReStore sell?

Habitat ReStores tend to resemble a home improvement store — a very unique home improvement store. At the majority of ReStores you’ll find items that fit into the following categories: building materials, appliances, furniture, home décor and so much more!  The items you’ll find will range from brand new to gently used, and there will likely be a wide range of brands and styles. Of course, that’s not all you’ll find. Because the inventory of each ReStore depends on donations, you never know exactly what you’ll find. We recommend heading to your local Restore today to see what's in stock! (Of course, you may want to go back next week, too, to see what new items have arrived).


Does the ReStore offer building deconstruction services?

We unfortunately do not have the resources to deconstruct or dismantle any items that wish to be donated. We recommend contacting the Deconstruction and Reuse Network for this service.


How can I support Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles?

When you shop or donate at a ReStore, you are automatically supporting not only your local store, but also the Habitat mission worldwide. Click here for other ways you can support Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles.


Drivers, click here to access drivers schedule.