To emphasize our mission as The Store That Builds Homes, we are offering shoppers the chance to contribute individual donations toward a Habitat home in Morris County.
Your gifts will be combined with monthly ReStore proceeds to fund the home of Nelly and Julio Carmona, now under construction at 45 Harding Avenue in Dover.
Our goal is to raise $150,000 by June 30, 2017, to build a 4-bedroom home for the Carmonas and their three children. You can contribute any amount, and your name will be added to a paper house and posted on the walls of the ReStore.
Ask the friendly people at the sales counter for details, and check the big thermometer by the front door that records our progress towards reaching the $150,000 goal.
If you want a more personal connection to this family, you could even volunteer on the construction site!
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.
Morris Habitat had outgrown its small office space in the Woman’s Club of Morristown. The new location in Mine Hill allowed us to combine all operations under one roof along with the new retail store. We gained a larger office area plus storage for construction materials and tools used for our home-building projects. Since we leased only part of the warehouse, Mark Bippes and his helpers prepared the space by constructing a 28-foot-tall dividing wall. Our move was assisted by the mayor and council of Mine Hill, zoning officer Al Thompson, and landlord John Crimi, president of County Concrete Corporation. Nancie Ludwig led the Newcomers’ and Neighbors’ Club of Randolph in planning and hosting a marvelous grand opening event for the ReStore on May 12, 2007. We were very thankful that ShopRite of Parsippany donated all of the refreshments served that day, and they even delivered them.
The new store did have some drawbacks: fairly chilly in winter and too hot in summer, warehouse lighting rather than traditional retail brightness, and a location in the middle of an industrial complex off Route 46 that challenged customers to find the store. In spite of all that, the ReStore formula worked! With initial advertising and word-of-mouth, the store quickly became a mecca for bargain hunters.
A few years later, we opened a doorway in the dividing wall and expanded into the whole warehouse. Artist Patricia McWhorter of Oak Ridge beautified the walls behind the cashier station with a huge mural of trees seen through the frame of a house under construction. The painting included a whimsical white cat, a squirrel and birds to welcome shoppers. In the years that the ReStore was in Mine Hill, much was learned about running the business. It was an incubator for the current store location in Randolph on Route 10.
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 89 homes. Since the ReStore opened in 2007, its profits from selling donations have funded the construction of 22 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.