During our 10th Anniversary celebration in 2017, we are rewarding our customers with 10 bonus FiveStars Reward points for making a purchase on Tuesdays. You will also earn 10 points just for coming into the store. Even if you don’t find anything to buy after looking around, you can ask the cashier to enter 10 bonus points for your visit.
Another Terrific Tuesday reward for FiveStars members is that you will get a 10% discount off your entire purchase in addition to any other discounts.
Join us in 2017 for big sales, raffles, and do-it-yourself demos throughout our 10th anniversary year. Watch for monthly news articles, photos and fun facts about the people whose vision and hard work led to our success.
The Morris Habitat board of directors was doing serious research into the feasibility of a ReStore by 2004. Their guiding force was Don Kuhn, president of the board during the crucial start-up period. He wrote the business plan and many policies for store operations. You may recognize him today from his continuing volunteer work as a pricer of fine art donations and as a constant helper on the sales floor.
Another board member at the time, Bill Keefe, drafted the financial projections for the business plan. Gordon Lorig joined the board in 2006 and worked with volunteer property acquisition sleuths and a commercial realtor to search for properties to rent.
Even though Bill Keefe predicted that we might lose money for as long as three years before the ReStore would start to show a profit, the board voted unanimously to move ahead. After the store opened in 2007, Don Kuhn continued his leadership as the first chair of the ReStore Advisory Team, and board liaison Beth Everett monitored store operations. With this close oversight from the board, the ReStore became profitable in only eleven months, and is still growing after 10 years.
In between online auctions, you can now buy high-end merchandise from the ReStore Collection directly from this web site. View the items that are currently for sale online>>
You can also purchase vintage furniture, original art and unique accent pieces on display in the ReStore Collection boutique at the back of the store.
Our first online live auction took place on July 14, 2016. Multiple bidders participated in the successful sale of fourteen lots of artwork, furniture, crystal, lighting and collectibles. The highest price was paid for the “Fantasia” serigraph signed by Erté.
You can still view the items and see the final winning bids in the catalog for the July 14 “Donated Estate Charity Auction.”
Read details on how you can donate original or signed pieces of art or other unique collectibles for future auctions.
Our first impact is on shoppers, who find great treasures at bargain prices. When you spend less on furnishings and building materials for your home, you have more dollars to use for other purposes.
The second impact is on the environment. Each year, the Morris Habitat ReStore saves 700 tons of usable materials from being trucked to out-of-state landfills. What does 700 tons look like? Picture 350 cars or 234 adult elephants or 5 adult blue whales! Learn more about the advantages of reusing materials>>
The Store That Builds Homes
The final impact is on the many families who live in the affordable homes built or preserved by Morris Habitat for Humanity. Since 1985, Morris Habitat has served almost 400 families through its homebuilding, rehab, preserving and international housing solutions programs. Locally, we have built or rehabbed 79 homes and preserved 80 homes. Since the ReStore opened in 2007, its profits from selling donations have funded the construction of 18 affordable homes for low-income and middle-income families. Morris County is one of New Jersey’s most affluent counties, and yet there are thousands of families living in inadequate or substandard housing because they can’t afford the area’s high prices. Whenever possible, we build sustainable, energy-efficient and healthy housing.
We Are Changing Lives
Building homes does more than put a roof over someone’s head. In clean, decent, stable housing, the lives of hardworking families are enhanced and strengthened. You can read about the experiences of some of the Habitat families on the Homeowner Stories page. By shopping or donating to the ReStore, you can help create our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.