Wednesday, March 4, 2009

HFH - SECRET Home Improvement Store

(HFH) Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles operates what feels like a secret home improvement store in Gardena, CA. The inventory is unlike anything I've ever seen. They carry everything from doors, windows, lumber, and everything you need to build a home, to oversize lighting fixtures, crystal chandeliers, boxes of beautiful decorative tiles, dining chairs, tables, desks, stainless steal refrigerators and other appliances, etc... Everything is donated and than sold at an extremely nominal price points. Let me stress that when I nominal I mean ridiculously cheap. My only disclaimer is that depending on the day, the inventory changes. Because everything is donated at random, there's no consistency with what's available. Obviously, those who know about the store swoop up the best things as they come in, so try to get there in the morning and try not to go on a weekend.

"Habitat for Humanity’s Home Improvement Store is a retail business selling surplus new and used home furnishings and building and home improvement materials to the general public. Retail businesses, contractors, individuals and other organizations that are remodeling or have surplus or discontinued merchandise donate usable materials. For example, a lumber company that is remodeling donated most of its inventory to the Home Improvement Store, and a lighting company who went out of business gave Habitat the remainder of its merchandise to sell. " -HFH website

"Profits from the Home Improvement Store will be used by HFH to further its mission of providing home ownership opportunities to low-income families in need of safe, decent, and affordable housing. Another benefit of the Store is environmental: materials that would otherwise be thrown into landfills are reused and recycled." - HFH website

17700 South Figueroa Street in Gardena.


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