We’ve all been there. You’re cleaning out that long neglected closet and discover a box of forgotten items that haven’t seen the light of day in months. You decide to renovate the kitchen and have no idea what to do with your old appliances (they still work!). Or maybe you’re getting ready to move and decide once-and-for-all that it’s time to get rid of the items you no longer use.
If you look around your home, chances are you’ll find plenty of things that you don’t have use for anymore. Things you keep because, well, you don’t know what to do with them. Things like an old lamp, the windows you just replaced, furniture that no longer matches your décor, or even that gardening 101 book that’s too “beginner” for you now.
How many times have you thought to yourself, “What am I going to do with this?”
Well wonder no more!
Here is everything you need to know about donating your home goods to Honolulu Habitat’s ReStore and why it’s worth your time.
Why donate to ReStore?
In addition to getting rid of clutter around your house, you can give your still-works-but-I-don’t-need-it “junk” a second life!
Here’s how donating to ReStore helps you and helps your neighbors:
- It keeps things out of our landfills. Sure, bulky pick-up is easy, but throwing away perfectly usable items (even the small ones) is bad for our environment.
- It becomes someone else’s treasure! ReStore provides an affordable alternative for our community to purchase second hand items at a deeply discounted price.
- It helps a family build a strong foundation for the future. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of your donated items directly support the construction of new, affordable homes on Oahu.
Every item donated and sold through our ReStore builds the story of home.
So before you kick your unwanted belongings to the curb, stop and ask yourself if you can ReStore it! And yes, we just made ReStore a verb.
What can I donate to ReStore?
We accept new and gently-used appliances, furniture, electronics, building materials, tools & hardware, houseware, lighting & electrical items, flooring, cabinets, countertops, paints/stains, plumbing items, doors, windows and books (yes, books). Mattresses and box springs are considered on a strict case-by-case basis.
To make it easy, here’s a guide that can help you decide if your item meets our criteria. (Pro tip: screenshot or bookmark this page for future reference)
For a complete list of what we do and do not accept, click here.
How do I donate to ReStore?
We make it easy. Just bring your items to our ReStore donation center in Kalihi (922 Austin Lane, Honolulu, HI 96817).
Donations are accepted Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30a – 4:00p. We have a designated stall for donation drop-offs so you won’t have to hunt for a parking spot.
If you have larger items, like furniture or appliances, that you can’t transport yourself, you can apply for a FREE donation pick-up.
Is my donation to ReStore tax-deductible?
Sure! We will provide a written receipt for your tax-deductible donation.
Do you accept donations from businesses?
Why yes, we do. Many local businesses, contractors and retailers send their overstock to ReStore. We work with likeminded partners who know they are helping someone help themselves. If that sounds like you, contact our team to learn more.
BONUS: Donate your car
Through our Cars for Homes program you can put that old clunker to good use. We accept cars, trucks, RVs, SUVs, boats, motorcycles and more – even if it doesn’t run! Towing is FREE and your vehicle donation may be eligible for a tax-deduction.
Still got questions?
Get in touch with our ReStore donation team by email or calling 808-380-7875.