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Thread: Habitat ReStore

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    Senior Member MrsBoats's Avatar
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    Every time I say something about mine I get questions, so I thought I'd make a separate post... and crow about today's finds at the bottom. :D

    If you have a ReStore, go there! You'll be amazed at what they've got. Today, mine has a Singer 127 (I'm fairly sure-the one with the Sphinx and a bullet shuttle) in a decent table, a Walmart Brother, a nice mid-century modern sewing table and an ugly folding spool holder/sewing box (dunno what you call it-18" high, opens like a book but stands on feet).

    In the past, I've bought a bunch of machines there (I go every Thursday); a two Singer 237s, a Singer 457, a couple 15 clones, the Nelco I use as my backup, and at least one more I'm forgetting the details of. They've recently changed their policy-everything electric has to be tested and working before it can be sold, or clearly marked that it's non-functional. I never care-most just need a good cleaning and some tlc. The most I've ever paid (for the Neclo) was $30.

    They have sewing patterns and magazines, crochet/knitting books and patterns out the wazoo (including someone's knitting still on the needles-how sad), a bag of mixed yarns, a plastic drawer stack of latch hook rug yarn, a basket of zippers clearly salvaged from other things, a box of mixed fabric pieces, tons of ribbon with a bow-tying form, a couple of kits for various things... You name it. And I always go to check out their linens too, although I haven't found any handmade quilts yet.

    Today I had time to spare, so I went through the giant heap of patterns. I bought a handful vintage patterns ordered from the newspaper, including one for a Davy Crockett costume, several Workbaskets with tatting patterns I liked (that's the other thing I do, when I'm not sewing), and a yard or so of some smooth pink mesh/netting, to make a laundry bag for my tights. Oh-and a zipper to go with it. Grand total-$1.05.

    The folks at our ReStore recognize me by now, and while they can't hold anything for me, they're quick to point out that they've got something new that I might be interested. It was as I was buying my last machine that the lady cashing me out told me about a fantastic LQS about 20 minutes from me that I hadn't known about. They're just the nicest people, and Habitat does good things.

    In short, I'm a fan! :P Plus, y'know, cool sewing stuff. What's not to like?

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    Our ReStore only has building items, lights/lamps and furniture but I got a very nice toilet and lavatory for $7. It's also a great place to score a used interior door to make a table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsBoats
    Every time I say something about mine I get questions, so I thought I'd make a separate post... and crow about today's finds at the bottom. :D

    If you have a ReStore, go there! You'll be amazed at what they've got. Today, mine has a Singer 127 (I'm fairly sure-the one with the Sphinx and a bullet shuttle) in a decent table, a Walmart Brother, a nice mid-century modern sewing table and an ugly folding spool holder/sewing box (dunno what you call it-18" high, opens like a book but stands on feet).

    In the past, I've bought a bunch of machines there (I go every Thursday); a two Singer 237s, a Singer 457, a couple 15 clones, the Nelco I use as my backup, and at least one more I'm forgetting the details of. They've recently changed their policy-everything electric has to be tested and working before it can be sold, or clearly marked that it's non-functional. I never care-most just need a good cleaning and some tlc. The most I've ever paid (for the Neclo) was $30.

    They have sewing patterns and magazines, crochet/knitting books and patterns out the wazoo (including someone's knitting still on the needles-how sad), a bag of mixed yarns, a plastic drawer stack of latch hook rug yarn, a basket of zippers clearly salvaged from other things, a box of mixed fabric pieces, tons of ribbon with a bow-tying form, a couple of kits for various things... You name it. And I always go to check out their linens too, although I haven't found any handmade quilts yet.

    Today I had time to spare, so I went through the giant heap of patterns. I bought a handful vintage patterns ordered from the newspaper, including one for a Davy Crockett costume, several Workbaskets with tatting patterns I liked (that's the other thing I do, when I'm not sewing), and a yard or so of some smooth pink mesh/netting, to make a laundry bag for my tights. Oh-and a zipper to go with it. Grand total-$1.05.

    The folks at our ReStore recognize me by now, and while they can't hold anything for me, they're quick to point out that they've got something new that I might be interested. It was as I was buying my last machine that the lady cashing me out told me about a fantastic LQS about 20 minutes from me that I hadn't known about. They're just the nicest people, and Habitat does good things.

    In short, I'm a fan! :P Plus, y'know, cool sewing stuff. What's not to like?
    I too had not seen/heard of the 'Habitat Restores' But they are Great!! and are Nation wide you can go Online to find one in your area. And All the $$ goe's to help 'Habitat for Humanity'. Also you can Donate to them!

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    The Restores around me are also only building materials.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feathers-N-Fur
    The Restores around me are also only building materials.
    Here too, but if you're doing any projects, they are great!!

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    Don't you just love tatting?

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    I visit restore from time to time and sometimes they have sewing machines too. Haven't bought any though because it's very pricey!

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    congradulatiosn

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetpea
    Don't you just love tatting?

    I think tatting was about the hardest of all the many things I like to do. Just kept trying and trying to get that knot. I finally did get the hang of it but haven't done it in a long while.

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    I have a restore here in Temecula, have never been....thought only building stuff...now I will have to go when I go to that end of town...

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