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It’s View On Magazine’s Home & Garden Issue and we’d like to know, what will you build? No matter what the project is, the best place to start is the Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah ReStore in St. George!

I am so excited about this issue! Being a DIY fan, I love to see new ideas and trends for decorating, upgrading, and remodeling my home. I have to admit, I can be a bit of a DIY addict — it’s hard not to when there are so many great projects. Like many people, my budget (and schedule!) can be a real hindrance when it comes to taking on my dream projects. That’s where the Habitat for Humanity ReStore (HHR) comes in.

Personally, I have a flair for picking projects that are bigger than my budget, and often my skill set, as well. So when I have something in mind, my first call is to my dad. My father is a master DIYer. When I was young, he built most of our furniture, he’d add decks to the house or pool, add rooms, screened-in porches, and lots more, all without batting an eye. It comes easy for him, and he is a great teacher, plus he has the best tools! In 2008, after owning my home for just one year, I decided to remove the carpet in several rooms and replace it with beautiful ceramic tile. So, I figured that with a little help I could totally DIY it. “Hello Dad, I’ve got a great idea for your next trip to St. George . . .”

Upon his arrival, it was time for my second call — to the newly opened HHR. After our first visit, I was HOOKED! We were able to get everything we needed for a fraction of the cost. In fact, I was able to upgrade my tile choice because I actually had funds left over! How many times can you say that about a project? The end result was beyond my expectations, and I’ve been thrilled to go back time and time again.  

Shopping at ReStore is truly a win-win situation for everyone. The store has so many high quality items and building materials — it’s unbelievable! To me, the best part about ReStore is the people. Everyone is so friendly and knowledgeable; it’s like shopping with friends with a purpose. Honestly, I love this store and their dedication to providing affordable housing for low-income families who would otherwise not be able to buy a home so much that I have Manager Tat Chan on speed dial.

All proceeds from sales directly support the mission of Habitat for Humanity to build better communities by providing families a home where they become healthier, where kids leave for school in the morning, do their homework at night, parents rest from one day and plan for the next. In decent, affordable housing, walls are strong and roofs are secure — and the family inside focuses on thriving instead of surviving.

I really appreciate the opportunity to save money on my home remodeling and support their vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. That’s a win-win-win if you ask me. The organization brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope through their home improvement discount outlet (ReStore), recycling and conservation efforts, and by promoting sustainable programs.

For those unfamiliar, HHR is a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more, at a fraction of the retail price. ReStores are independently owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity organizations, with proceeds used to help build strength, stability, self-reliance, and shelter in local communities.

The St. George ReStore opened in 2008, and quickly grew into their 835 South Bluff Street location in 2014. Their success is all thanks to the generosity of donors, volunteers, and customers. When you shop at ReStore, you help Habitat build. Proceeds from ReStore cover 100% of the operating costs for Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah, allowing 100% of fundraising dollars to go directly to constructing new homes. Furthermore, since opening, they have diverted over 2.5 million pounds of material from the landfill.

ReStore features donated building materials from many top home developers in our area. Though many donations are brand new, others include gently-used building materials, furniture, and household items. ReStore also sells overstocked, discounted items, fixtures, and furniture from corporate remodels and business closeout items.

As an avid DIYer, I always have items to donate once a project is done. Thanks to ReStore, the days of trying to sell them online or at a garage sale are GONE! I could not be more thankful for that! Because all items for sale have been donated, individuals who are remodeling all or part of their homes can donate good quality, useable items to ReStore. You can either bring in your items or schedule a pick up. It’s quick, easy, and painless. Plus, all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. I’ve mentioned the winning thing before, right?

Items typically available in ReStore include, windows and doors, cabinets, light fixtures and ceiling fans, paint, plumbing supplies, sinks, tubs, toilets, flooring, appliances, countertops, furniture, home décor, tools, lumber, and much, much more. There are thousands of items to peruse!  

Since 2008, my father and I have completed many DIY projects with the help of ReStore. In fact, on the rare occasion that I am not putting my Dad to work during his visit/vacation, we still visit ReStore every time he is here. Tat always greets us with a big smile and a hug. We can pretty much make a day of our trip, Dad and I. Though his “home store” is in Atlanta, the St. George store always feels like home to us.

If you haven’t been to ReStore yet, what are you waiting for? I would like to personally invite you to the world of winning! One caveat, though, this place is addicting — which is a good thing.

Why Shop at the Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah ReStore?

  • Prices start at 50% of retail. Find fantastic bargains on all kinds of home improvement goods and household treasures!
  • All purchases support the mission of Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah. It’s your chance to help support their twenty-third housing project located in Washington where single mother, Kasidi and her four children will soon call home.
  • Buying second hand items and building materials keeps thousands of pounds of garbage out of the Washington County landfill — 2.5 million pounds diverted so far — and counting.
  • They have everything for your lawn and garden, from bird baths to weed killer, and everything in between.
  • They carry precast concrete tree rings, splash pads, bird baths, benches, and stepping stones made locally by a former ReStore volunteer at Sunz Architectural Precast. These phenomenal pieces are always in stock and sold at an amazing discount.
  • Support “A Brush with Kindness,” a home preservation program with a focus on providing exterior services, such as painting, landscaping, yard clean up, and minor structural repair for low-income families.
  • Support the “RepairCorps” program that assists low-income veterans in obtaining home repair services. 
  • And, last but not least, you can visit Tat and the wonderful team of staff and volunteers!

P.S. Don’t tell my dad, but I think the ReStore is going to be my first call from now on.

You can find Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah ReStore at 835 South Bluff Street, St. George, Utah. For questions, call (435) 628-4041 or visit their website at


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