Habitat for Humanity Opens New Lake County ReStore in Eastlake

On August 6, 2016, Lake-Geauga Habitat for Humanity brought ReStore shopping back to Lake County with their new store at 34225 Vine Street in Eastlake.

The store is open for business Fridays and Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and accepts donations Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. (For more information about the new ReStore, as well as the organization’s other current projects in Lake County, see Kristi Garabrandt’s article in the Thursday, August 4, 2016 issue of the News-Herald.)

Besides Habitat for Humanity’s work in providing affordable new and rehabbed housing for local families, their ReStores serve the Recycling/Zero Waste community by providing:

  • A destination for donating such items as furniture, tools, electronics, housewares, and appliances.
  • An affordable resource for purchase of such items.

Click here for more information about Lake-Geauga Habitat for Humanity.

For a look at my own experience as a ReStore shopper, see my blog post Shopping Recycled: How I Replaced My Jenn-Air Range at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and Saved Over $2,000.

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Painesville Habitat for Humanity ReStore: Closed

Shopping recycled in Lake County just got a little harder: the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Painesville has closed.

Painesville Armory, formerly the Lake County Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Painesville Armory, formerly the Lake County Habitat for Humanity ReStore (photo: Lenore Collins)

I found the store, formerly located in the old Painesville Armory at the corner of Fairgrounds Road and Mentor Avenue, empty and vacant when I stopped there on October 5. As I got back into my car, after looking through the front door and seeing nothing but a merchandise rack at the rear of an otherwise empty space, two more cars drove into the parking lot.

We expressed our disappointment at losing a shop-recycled resource, shared accounts of successful purchases (including my $30 end table and $25 brass-and-beveled-glass light fixture), and talked about other Habitat for Humanity ReStores in the area, notably the ReStore in Cleveland on W. 110 Street, north of Lorain Avenue (map).

Attempts to obtain information about the Painesville ReStore came up just about dry:

  • Online search results for the Lake County Habitat for Humanity affiliate listed only nearby affiliates in Newbury, Cleveland, Ashtabula, and Ravenna.
  • Although the search results also showed a phone number and email link for the Painesville ReStore itself, a phone call reached a disconnect report, and an email received no response.
  • Habitat for Humanity International responded to an October 29 email inquiry with the news that “Habitat for Humanity of Lake County is currently winding down its operations.”

Shop-recycled enthusiasts should still keep Habitat for Humanity ReStore on their lists, however. Although the Painesville store has closed, Habitat for Humanity ReStore locations in Cleveland, Lorain, Medina, and Newbury (Geauga County) will welcome Lake County shoppers, as will any of the Ohio Habitat for Humanity ReStore locations.

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Shopping Recycled: How I Replaced My Jenn-Air Range at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and Saved Over $2,000

For several months, I’ve been pricing replacements for our elderly, failing, nightmare-to-clean Jenn-Air range. Few retailers carry what I wanted — a 30-inch range with a downdraft vent — and it was going to make a big hole in my budget: the lowest price I found was $1,899.00, and a model comparable to the one I was replacing would cost me, before sales tax, $2,368.00.

About six weeks ago, I had occasion to visit the Cleveland Habitat for Humanity ReStore on West 110 Street (map), and I wandered into their major appliances department. There it was: a Jenn-Air range, slightly newer than ours, sparkling clean, missing only the oven control knobs and the knob for setting the clock, and priced at $350.00.

The store was about to close and the event that had brought me there was about to begin, so I swallowed hard and walked away from my delightful find. Conversation with an employee during the event assured me that their appliances are in working order and that they could be returned for a refund if they fail to perform as advertised.

Jenn-Air range

Our Jenn-Air range, installed and ready to cook (photo credit: Lenore Collins)

The following day, my husband and I went to the store, where I purchased the range (for $378, including tax) — only to find that it wouldn’t fit into the trunk of my husband’s car. But ReStore would hold it for me for two days, and our son-in-law offered us the use of his Pontiac Torrent and its 35.2 cubic feet of cargo space. Two days later, we were back at the ReStore, where a group of employees jockeyed the stove into the Torrent and sent us on our happy way.

Over the following weekend, my husband and his son disconnected the old range, moved it to the Torrent, adjusted the vent system to fit the new range, hooked it up, and plugged everything in.

From the old range, I saved the oven racks and the grates that had covered the grill unit (these make great cooling racks). On Monday we took the remains to a scrap dealer, who calculated the scrap value and handed me cash that just covered a celebratory breakfast and a respectable tip for the waitress.

New knobs for the oven controls and the clock (available from Sears Parts Direct) added $66.03 to the price of the range, and the stovetop enjoyed a little detailed cleaning. When I was finished, we had an almost-new Jenn-Air range with downdraft vent and 21-inch oven for about 18% of what a new one would have cost us.

Habitat for Humanity and I saved a perfectly good appliance from the landfill, the materials in our old range will be recycled, I saved $2,113.41, and we now enjoy cooking on a stove on which everything works and which cleans up easily.

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