Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Habitat ReStore?
In a nutshell: We accept donations of new and gently-used items from individuals and businesses. We sell those items to the public at prices well below retail. We use the proceeds to build Habitat homes with families in need in our community and we do it all with the help of our wonderful volunteers.
What kind of things will I find at the Lafayette ReStore?
We have everything and the kitchen sink! See our shop page for a listing of all the items we carry on a regular basis. Remember, inventory changes quickly, so make sure that you shop often. If you miss a day, you just might miss a deal!
Is the Lafayette ReStore open to the public?
Yes! Everyone is welcome to shop at the Habitat ReStore, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am until 5 pm.
Is my donation to the Lafayette ReStore tax-deductible?
Yes, your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by current law. Lafayette Habitat for Humanity is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We will gladly provide you with a receipt for your donated items. Due to IRS regulations, we are not allowed to assign value to donated items, but your receipt will list the items you donated.
Can the Lafayette ReStore pick up my donation?
Yes, we do offer free pick-up of over-sized items. You can learn more by clicking on our donate page, or call us at 337-371-6030.
Who benefits from the Lafayette ReStore?
Lots of folks! Customers benefit by getting good stuff at a good price. Donors benefit by getting a tax deduction, the knowledge that they are turning their excess stuff into affordable housing and keeping reusable items out of the landfill. Volunteers get to learn new skills and be a part of something special. Habitat wins by raising more money to serve our partner families, who are truly the reason we do all this! To learn more about Habitat for Humanity, visit our affiliate website.
What is Lafayette Habitat for Humanity and what do you do?
Lafayette Habitat for Humanity is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that builds homes in Lafayette and Vermilion parishes. We are part of a worldwide movement to eliminate poverty housing that began in 1976. To learn more about Habitat’s work in our community, visit the Lafayette Habitat for Humanity website. To learn more about Habitat’s work around the world, visit Habitat for Humanity International.
How can I get involved?
As an individual, you can donate, shop, and volunteer. For businesses, donating to the Habitat ReStore is a great way to move discontinued or excess stock, deal with gently used returns and show your customers that you care about the environment and your community. Plus, we’ll come to you, which will save you time and money. We also offer group volunteer opportunities if you want to do a little team building while doing good!
What happens if the item I purchased cannot fit in my car?
Once an item is purchased, the Lafayette ReStore can hold it until 5 pm of the next business day.
What is the money raised at the Lafayette ReStore used for?
The money raised through the Habitat ReStore is used to fund Habitat for Humanity’s mission of building homes, community and hope. We are very thankful for our shoppers, donors and volunteers who have helped families in Acadiana realize the dream of homeownership.
Why can’t certain items be accepted as donations?
Though we greatly appreciate everyone who wants to donate to the Habitat ReStore, we are unable to accept all items. Sometimes, the reason is related to safety concerns (such as unframed glass and mirrors, lead paint, certain chemicals, etc.) and other times it is for legal reasons (such as used mattresses, baby equipment, recalls, etc.) Also, we have found that we just can’t sell certain items (such as couches that have rips and stains and outdated appliances). You can see our donation criteria here. On the bottom of that same page you will also find referrals to other organizations that might be able to accept your donations. Whether or not we can accept your donation, we truly appreciate your thinking of Habitat and the ReStore.