Thursday, July 9, 2015

ReStock the ReStore - What To Donate

Are you doing some summer cleaning? Are you taking advantage of the nice weather and renovating your home? Have you replaced your appliances and don't know what to do with the old ones? Do you need to clean out some unneeded or unwanted furniture, bathtubs/showers, hardware, etc.? Don't throw them away, donate! You can donate anything in good condition to the Oneida County Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

If anything is constant in home renovations or upgrades is trash. What some people may view as useless garbage taking up space in their garage or basement, OCHFH ReStore views as treasure. Donating these materials keeps them out of landfills and helps other individuals in their own home renovations; not to mention all proceeds from Restore go toward fulfilling Habitat's mission of building homes, hope and communities.

Not sure what to donate? 

In general, all home building materials or household items that are in good condition can be donated and reused at the ReStore. 

Here are 8 best types of items to donate:

Sinks, Toilets & Bathtubs
If you’re donating a bathtub or sink, make sure that they are not stained and do not have chips in the porcelain. If you are remodeling an older bathroom, your vintage fixtures will be surprisingly popular at the local ReStore. 

Are you remodeling your kitchen? Normally, that means new cabinets. Your old, out-dated cabinets may be very useful to someone else. Kitchen cabinets should be in good working condition and have all of their necessary parts. Keeps cabinets and drawers together when donating.

Working Appliances 
You can also donate working appliances like stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers and washing machines. They should be clean and in good working condition. OCHFH ReStore can use these appliances to help other homeowners who may not be able to afford a brand new, full price appliance. 

Wood from framing or deconstruction projects can easily be reusable.  We request that it does not have any exposed nails or screws because these can be harmful to our staff and volunteers. Acceptable wood consists of wood that is in good condition, meaning without mold or water logged.

Doors and Windows   
Both internal and external doors, like storm doors or screen doors, can be donated. Make sure that they are not damaged, rusted or broken. If you are donating a door with glass make sure that the glass is not broken, these cracks can make the door unusable.

Tiles and Wood Flooring 
Tiles and wood flooring are great for donating. Many times, people can reuse these items in home renovation projects or other DIY projects. Look for clean, undamaged wood flooring with no visible nails and screws. They also will recycle extra boxes of tiles from a home improvement project. 

Light fixtures and lamps can be salvaged and always accepted at the ReStore. Many people use lighting fixtures while remodeling their homes or rental properties. College students or young couple moving into their first apartment often look for low priced lighting before going to big box stores to purchase the more pricey options. Sometimes all it takes is a new lamp shade to completely transform a new lamp into a modern piece.

Door Handles and Cabinet Knobs 
Many people update door handles and cabinet knobs to do a quick and cheap upgrade to a room. These fixtures are often in good condition and can be donated for another person to use. Door handles will be most useful when all the parts are kept together, so put all of the pieces in a bag before donating.

Do you have items you would like to donate to the OCHFH ReStore? Click here for a complete list of accepted items or contact us at 315.624.9010

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