Habitat For Humanity Restores Get Reboot, Reopens With New Merchandise


ReStores receive more than $1 million donation from Ethan Allen

By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor

Habitat for Humanity wants you to rethink thrift store shopping for your furniture.

Thanks to a renewed relationship with Ethan Allen Interiors, Inc., local ReStores, which are independently owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity organizations, will be stocked with new merchandise from this furniture retailer and others this month at discounted prices.

“Many do not realize that our ReStores are not solely ‘discard’ stores,” said Chief Development Officer Kari Oeltjen.

Ethan Allen has made a more than $1.3 million donation of brand new furniture and accessories to ReStores.

These items and others from Wayfair, Sklar Furnishings, Capitol Lighting, Kuhn Flooring Gallery will make their debut in South Palm Beach County ReStore locations this month. Kuhn Flooring Gallery recently donated more than 3,200 yards of 230 new individual designer quality carpet rolls worth more than $72,000 to the three South Palm Beach County ReStores.

On Sept. 9, 11 and 12, shoppers can check out the new inventory of sofas, wall units, dining room tables and chairs, bedroom and patio sets, plus occasional tables, end tables, area rugs, silk plants and artwork.

And Habitat officials want shoppers to “Live Large For Less” when shopping at ReStore locations. To do so, new pieces of furniture will be showcased in a “Red Carpet” section that can be easily identified by shoppers. Different merchandise will be rotated in and out of the display as items are sold. Ethan Allen furniture will be sold for 50 percent off.

If you want to be the first one in one of the three locations in Boca or Delray, you can purchase a VIP Magic Hours ticket for $25.

The ticket guarantees you the opportunity to be first in the store before regular public hours. VIP Magic Hours admission, which includes breakfast bagels and beverages or wine/beer and light bites, helps fund Habitat’s mission of bringing people together to build homes for hard-working families, communities and hope.

The new Ethan Allen merchandise will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis with no “holds” or “lay-away” as each store features different items that are restocked with new offerings as items are sold.

Proceeds from the ReStores help support Habitat for Humanity, which builds affordable homes for hard-working families who can’t qualify for traditional bank mortgages. Habitat homeowners earn their homes through sweat equity programs and qualify for interest-free mortgages to help break the poverty cycle.

“The sale of these pieces will help another family,” Oeltjen said.

The grand re-opening of the Delray Beach ReStore, 1900 N. Federal Highway, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. VIP Magic Hours will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. with breakfast.

The grand re-opening of the East Boca Raton location, 272 S. Dixie Highway, is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 11 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. VIP Magic Hours will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, cocktails and light bites.

And the re-opening of the West Boca ReStore, 10055 Yamato Road, is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. VIP Magic Hours will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, cocktails and light bites.

For more information, visit https://www.habitatsouthpalmbeach.org or Facebook pages of each location.