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Six college apartment and dorm room items you can find at Habitat ReStore

  • By Riverside ReStore
  • 16 Aug, 2017

It’s back to school time! For those of you heading to college – or have kids doing so – it’s time to start stocking up on the items that can transform a dorm room or college apartment into a space that feels like a home.

Fortunately, your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore has just about everything you need for your back to school furniture and décor shopping, all at prices that won’t break the bank. Check out all the great things you should look for during your next trip to Habitat ReStore below, as well as some DIY decorating tips that are fun and easy to create with items you’ll find at many Habitat ReStores.

1.     Furniture

Filling your living space with places to sit, sleep and eat is one of the biggest challenges – and expenses – of living away at college. Habitat ReStore is here to help.

 Whether you need a sofa, kitchen table, bed, dresser or all of the above, you’ll find a slew of new and gently used furniture options at your local Habitat ReStore. Keep in mind that every store has a different inventory that changes daily based on donations from your community . Check back often to find exactly what you need.

2.     Appliances

In addition to the obvious necessities like utensils, cups and plates, you also may need many other kitchen accessories like a blender, toaster oven and the all-important coffee maker (for late night study sessions). Though these items seem like relatively small purchases, they can add up quickly. Habitat ReStores often carry a variety of kitchen gadgets at great prices!

If you’re living in an apartment without laundry facilities, you may need a washer and dryer. While this would ordinarily represent a large expense, check to see if your Habitat ReStore has a gently used washing machine and dryer that will save you trips to the laundromat.

3.     Lighting

Many dorms are equipped with fluorescent lighting, which can prove harsh on the eyes. Pick up a lamp or two from the Habitat ReStore to reduce this harshness and provide your dorm room with a warm glow.

4.     Storage

Dorm rooms and college apartments aren’t typically known for providing an abundance of space. The wide variety of items available at Habitat ReStore give you a chance to creatively make great use of the space you do have available.

 For examples and inspiration, check out this Buzzfeed article on hacks that will help you get more space out of a small closet. Materials used for the hacks you may find at Habitat ReStore (that you may not immediately think you need for your college dorm room) include pipes, scraps of wood, chains and hooks.

5.     Art

Blank walls provide a great opportunity to turn a generic dorm room or apartment into a space that is uniquely yours. However, purchasing artwork can quickly become expensive. Most ReStores have a large variety of art at great prices. You can even turn some finds into projects to produce your own unique artwork.

 For just one really cool idea of how you can transform an old painting into something new and unique, take a look at number six on this list of creative DIY ideas and decorating tips for dorms . In fact, you’ll probably want to look at all 25 tips on the list.

6.     DIY projects

Speaking of creating your own projects, sometimes the best ways to furnish and decorate your new living quarters are by making something completely new.

 The possibilities for this one are nearly endless. See this HGTV article featuring 40 DIY dorm room ideas for inspiration. These ideas use a wide variety of materials you may be able to find at Habitat ReStore, including room dividers, wooden crates, book ends, rope, trunks and brass fittings.

What items have you found at Habitat ReStores that made great additions to your apartment or dorm room? Let us know in the comments!

Treasure Hunter's Blog

By Riverside ReStore 11 Nov, 2017
Through December 31st, Habitat for Humanity Riverside will be promoting A Home for All Seasons , a giving campaign to support the building and preserving of safe and affordable homes for families in our communities!

Habitat for Humanity Riverside recently broke ground on  a 26 home, all veteran community in Jurupa Valley . Support this, and our other local projects by adding a $1 donation to your next ReStore purchase by pledging to a month $5 gift   online .

For information, visit
By Riverside ReStore 09 Nov, 2017
In observance of the Holidays, the Riverside ReStore will be closed the following days in November and December: 
  • Veterans Day, November 11, 2017
  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017 for a staff Thanksgiving lunch from 12 pm - 1 pm.
  • Thanksgiving, November 23, 2017
  • Christmas, December 25 & 26, 2017
  • New Years, December 30, 2017 & January 1, 2018
By Riverside ReStore 09 Nov, 2017

Until 11/30 at 3pm, every $20 spent at the Riverside ReStore (not including taxes)  and every complete donation drop off earns 5 tickets towards your choice of 2 different opportunity items, either a Fountain or Entertainment/Storage Shelf!

Winners will be drawn & announced live on Instagram on 11/30/17 at 3pm. 

Promotion excludes sales and donation drop offs on 11/24/17 & 11/25/17 during our Storewide Sale for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. 

By Riverside ReStore 08 Nov, 2017
Lighting your home or business with bulbs that feature light emitting diodes – also called LEDs – can help reduce your energy costs over time.  For a limited time, Riverside Public Utilities will give its customers an instant in-store rebate when they purchase LED bulbs at the Riverside ReStore.

 Here’s how it works:  

  1. RPU electric customers may visit a participating location and look for the RPU logo on any one of three LED bulbs offered through this program that are listed below. LED bulb offerings at participating stores may vary.

  2. Purchase your bulbs (limit 16) at the register and receive an instant rebate.

Cannot be combined with any other offer. For details, visit

By Riverside ReStore 07 Oct, 2017
Customer service, cashiering, stocking, merchandising , inventory handling, large furniture moving a BIG PLUS.

Cashier/Merchandiser/Warehouse Position:

Strength requirement:
Medium – exerts up to 50lbs of force occasionally and /or up to 20lbs of force frequently, and/or up to 10lbs of force constantly to move objects. (Regularly) 
Heavy – exerts up to 100lbs of force occasionally, and /or up to 50lbs of force frequently, and/or up to 20lbs of force constantly to move objects. (Often) 

Warehouse/Driver’s Assistant

Strength requirement:
Heavy – exerts up to 100lbs of force occasionally, and /or up to 50lbs of force frequently, and/or up to 20lbs of force constantly to move objects.(Regularly)
Very Heavy – exerts in excess of 100lbs of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50lbs of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20lbs of force constantly to move objects. (Often) 

Availability - must be available for up to 28 hours per week between the hours of 8:30 and 6:15. Shifts of 4 to 7 hour days.

Application process open until position is filled
Applications available in store or via email request
Request/Return Application to: Cindy Tyrolt with the subject line New Hire

By Riverside ReStore 02 Oct, 2017
At our store, you’ll find discount high-end furniture, used furniture, building materials, home décor, and other unique items for any home improvement project! Our goal is to create a sustainable income stream for Habitat for Humanity Riverside while making a positive environmental impact by diverting these otherwise useful items from the landfill.
By Riverside ReStore 14 Sep, 2017

Why recycled paint? 

Amazon Select Paints are manufactured from quality, surplus paint that Amazon collects from government, businesses, and consumers. By replacing new paint with recycled paint, resources that would have been used in making the new paint, including the energy used to make and transport the paint and minerals, chemicals, and pigments are saved. 

Using recycled content paint, prevents paint material from ending up in a landfill or, worse, down a drain. Recycled paint saves resources, saves energy, reduces pollution, and reduces landfill waste!

Recycled Paint information from

By Riverside ReStore 13 Sep, 2017

With a large empty wall space, adding a single piece of art or décor could still make the space feel incomplete. If you want to fill the space but do not want to make the wall feel cluttered, consider adding a repurposed table top backdrop, like this one purchaced at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Riverside! The geometric design of the table top adds a rustic yet modern style to this interior wall space while keeping the clock the focal point.

By Riverside ReStore 30 Aug, 2017
The Riverside ReStore recently started carrying Amazon Recycled Paint! Amazon paint may be used on interior or exterior surfaces, and can be brushed, rolled or sprayed. It applies easily and provides excellent coverage. Amazon paint is every bit as good as the more expensive, ‘virgin’ paint sold in the big box stores. Amazon Paints are premium quality, eco-friendly latex paints. Amazon’s paint reprocessing system ensures that every gallon sold meets strict specifications for color, gloss, viscosity and coverage. Amazon Select™ meets or exceeds the performance specifications of national paint brands.
By Riverside ReStore 25 Aug, 2017
We rely on donations from local residents and businesses to keep our store stocked with quality products. We typically price merchandise 30% to 90% off retail, plus we run sales discounting items an additional 10% to 75% off every week. Be the first to learn about our weekly sales by signing up for our Treasure Hunter’s Email.  
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