Not long ago, I wrote a column about the Greater Nashville Habitat ReStore where people and businesses donate building materials, furniture, household goods, books and more and bargain hunting shoppers and do-it-yourselfers get to buy items at deep discounts.
In hindsight, I should have featured all of the Middle Tennessee ReStores and not just the Nashville location.
Yes, there are nine of these stores in Middle Tennessee and all feature the same concept of selling donated building materials and household goods to the public, with net proceeds going to help build Habitat homes.
Most of the stores describe their concept as thrift stores but without any clothes in the mix. The inventory consists of cabinets, plumbing fixtures, electrical items, windows, doors, paint, hardware tools, etc., as well as furniture, rugs and assorted home décor.
ReStore shoppers include Realtors and interior designers looking for furnishings to use to stage houses, as well as do-it-yourselfers and rental property owners with projects underway, and just straight up bargain hunters.
Some of the stores are larger than others and some have more inventory than others, but in all cases, as a shopper, you never know what you might find.
And not only are the stores providing bargains and unique items to shoppers, but also they are keeping tons (literally) of still usable merchandise out of our landfills.
Here are a few details:
Habitat of Montgomery County’s ReStore is located at 404 Madison St. in Clarksville. 931-645-4242. This 14,000 square foot store, which has been in business for eight years, is filled with donated building materials, appliances and furniture and household goods, and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The store offers pickup in the Montgomery County area by appointment.
Rutherford County Area Habitat’s ReStore is at 850 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Murfreesboro. 615-849-5994. This 15,000 square foot store has been in business for more than 15 years. Its inventory includes traditional building materials, as well as furniture and household goods, and a few antiques and vintage items. The organization will pick up donated items in Rutherford County with appointments made online.
Sumner County Habitat’s ReStore is at 327 Sumner Hall Dr. in Gallatin and has been in business for 10 years. 615-230-3032. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. A pickup can be scheduled at www.restoresumner.com and customers can shop and purchase directly from the website. This store was the recipient of the Sumner County Main Street Awards for the Best Furniture/Home Decor Store, Best Building Supplies/Hardware/Paint and Best Liquidation/Thrift/Consignment Store.
Upper Cumberland Habitat ReStore is at 560 S. Jefferson Ave. in Cookeville, 931-528-1709. This 12,000 square foot store, which serves Putnam, Overton and DeKalb counties, has been in business for more than 20 years and features building materials, appliances, furniture, home décor and more. Manager Ben Johnson says the store has “lots of regulars” shopping there. The store offers pickup within 30 miles of the store. The store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Habitat of Warren County’s ReStore is at 191 Industrial Dr. in McMinnville, 931-474-9000. This is a 4,000 square foot store, with building materials, furniture, appliances and home décor. It has been in business for 16 years and does not offer pickup services at this time. Open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Habitat of Williamson County and Maury County’s ReStore is at 1725 Columbia Ave. in Franklin, 615-690-8094. This 12,000 square foot store, which has been in business since 2005, offers an inventory of all types of building materials and appliances, as well as donated furniture and home décor. The store offers pickup and has a deconstruction department free of charge. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
Habitat of Greater Nashville, 414 Harding Place, 615-942-1291. This 33,000 square foot store offers in-home pickups and has a deconstruction division. In addition to building materials, the store offers all sorts of office and home furniture (even a few antiques) as well as home décor and books, donated by individuals and retailers. The Nashville Habitat organization also operates a store in Dickson at 223 Dickson Plaza and is relocating its Wilson County store in Lebanon. Nashville store hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Mary Hance, who has four decades of journalism experience in the Nashville area, writes a weekly Ms. Cheap column. She also appears on Thursdays on Talk of the Town on NewsChannel5. Reach her at email@example.com and follow her on Facebook as Facebook.com/mscheap