Maybe you’re a homeowner with a broken toilet and a budget that’s been hit hard by the pandemic. Or possibly you’re a landlord who needs to replace a door after your most recent tenants moved out.
What you might not realize is that many home repair and improvement needs can be met at Greater Erie Area Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore.
Yes, Habitat is best known for constructing houses for families in need. And when the nonprofit receives donations of materials, they are first evaluated to see if they are a fit for a house that’s being built. But if they aren’t, they go to the ReStore, where they are offered for sale to the public two days a week. The proceeds are used to help build houses for Habitat families.
The store at 4922 Pittsburgh Ave., in Millcreek Township, is open Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon, and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and features a variety of new and used materials that have been donated by contractors, homeowners and others.
“I go there Friday and Saturday every week,” Michael Vangeli, 59, of Erie, said.
On a recent Friday,