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Why Give to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore?

Why Give to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore?

Recently, one of our favorite donors – Mark Madore of Family First Realty in Teays Valley – wrote an article about the ReStore for the Real Estate Guide. Here’s why Mark donates to the ReStore and why he believes others, especially those trying to sell their house, should give too.

My wife and I just sold our home and built a new one. Over the past year we have worked diligently to prepare our old house for sale so to ensure we could sell quickly and receive a fair price. In addition to fresh paint we thinned out our possession to make the house look spacious and welcoming. We closely looked at what we owned and decided what would and would not work in our new home.

Like many of you, our possessions (stuff) had both personal and monetary value to us. Knowing we could not use everything in our new home we wanted to ensure our precious items were put to good use. That is where Habitat for Humanity’s new ReStore in Teays Valley came in. Here are the benefits to you for donating your unneeded, although good, household items and furniture to the ReStore:

  • Your home will show better once you de-clutter, including closets, basements and storage areas.
  • Your home will sell faster for more money.
  • Your move will be quicker, less expensive and smoother.
  • Your move into your new house will be less stressful.
  • You will bless others who can buy your items at an affordable price.
  • Your precious items get a second life with a new family.
  • You will help the building of Habitat for Humanity homes for other families.
  • You may be able to reduce your income tax because of the charitable giving write off.
  • This is a win for you and a win for the other families you are able to bless.

You can drop off your smaller household items to the Teays Valley Restore located at 3554 Teays Valley Road or the Charleston ReStore located at 301 Piedmont Road. For larger furniture items you can schedule a free pickup by calling 304-720-8733.

A Homecoming: Habitat for Humanity Returns to Putnam County

Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam was started by volunteers from Teays Valley Presbyterian Church in 1988 with a mission to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Habitat’s office was located in Teays Valley until 1993, when it moved to Kanawha County.

Coming Home to Putnam County

To re-establish a strong presence in Putnam County, Habitat opened a second ReStore in Teays Valley on November 1, 2016. The ReStore is a program of Habitat for Humanity that enables house building by raising funds from the sale of donated new, used and surplus furniture, home goods and building materials. Donations come from individuals, businesses and organizations.


Teays Valley ReStore Manager, Melanie James and her son, Andrew.


Enabling Home Construction

To date Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam has built 169 homes. 56 have been funded by proceeds from the Charleston ReStore. All proceeds from the new ReStore will also fund Habitat’s mission. Additionally, the Teays Valley ReStore will serve as an outpost for future Habitat homebuyers to gather information and perform sweat equity.

Your Good Stuff for a Great Cause

Donations of building materials, home goods and furniture will be accepted at the new ReStore, but all building materials will be transported to the Charleston ReStore for resale. The much smaller Teays Valley Restore will sell only the top performing departments: furniture and home goods. The new concept will appeal to treasure hunters and decorators.

Homecoming Ribbon Cutting

Executive Director, Shawn Means cuts the Teays Valley ReStore ribbon.


The Teays Valley ReStore is located at 3554 Teays Valley Road in the Mid-Valley Square Shopping Plaza. Donors may bring items they wish to donate during regular business hours of Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm to the rear of the store. Because all donations must be inspected by ReStore personnel before acceptance, we ask that donations not be left after hours.

ReStore will also pick up donations of furniture, home goods and building materials in Kanawha and Putnam Counties that are too large to fit in a standard car. Donors should call 304-720-8733 to schedule a pickup. Donations are tax-deductible.

Donating to the ReStore: Think Outside the Box

Every day dozens of individuals donate their old furniture and surplus building materials to the ReStore. Some do it to de-clutter. Others do it for the tax-deduction. Most donate to support the mission of Habitat for Humanity.

But every once in a while, we meet a really clever donor that thinks outside the box and finds ways to amplify their support by encouraging donations from other aspects of their life, not just their home.

Outside the Box Donations

  • Do you work in an office? Businesses often replace office furniture and filing systems. At the ReStore, we love donations of old file cabinets, desks, white boards, shelving systems, desk organizers, office supplies, notebooks and chairs.
  • Are you helping a family member down-size? We are always thankful for donations of books, tools, decorations, leftover latex paint and other home items. 
  • Do you work in retail? Let us help make more space in your stockroom! We will gladly pickup old store fixtures, mannequins and discontinued inventory.
  • Do you have a loved one in an assisted living facility? We often receive donations of surplus walkers and scooters.
  • Do you work in a medical office? We are always very grateful when medical offices donate examination tables, chairs, lamps and office furnishings.
  • Are you an active member of your church congregation? Perhaps your church recently replaced a few things and needs to get rid of old pews, furniture, lecterns, holiday decorations, food service equipment and dishes. Where better to donate them than to Habitat for Humanity?
  • Are you involved in your kid’s sports team, or perhaps you know an active exercise enthusiast that always has to have the latest trends in equipment? Donating old bikes, sporting equipment and exercise machines to the ReStore is always a win!
  •  The ReStore wouldn’t be nearly as fun to shop without donations for our local artisans and crafters. We often receive craft supplies, old paintings, pottery equipment, and bolts of fabric.
  • Do you work in a manufacturing plant? Some of our most loyal donors regularly provide us with by-products of their work. Good reuse materials that can be resold. This is why we always have a great supply of packing peanuts (accumulated by manufacturers that receive large and regular shipments).

Donating to the ReStore is easy and rewarding!

Call 304-720-8733 to schedule a donation pickup in Kanawha and Putnam Counties.

Donations can also be dropped off: Charleston ReStore Monday – Saturday from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Teays Valley ReStore Tuesday -Saturday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam is a 501(c)3 and all donations to the ReStore are tax-deductible. Proceeds from the ReStore fund the construction of homes in our area.


Community Connections by TGKVF

Community Connections

Community Connections is a monthly production of the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation. Jane Powell, Marketing Director of the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, hosts the informative and thought-provoking program. Amy McLaughlin, ReStore Director of Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam was her guest for the December 2015 episode.

During the 15 minute show, Amy discusses the way ReStore fits into Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam’s mission. She also talks about a few ReStore environmental initiatives including the remixed latex paint program and the rain garden. Jane ends the interview by inquiring about the expansion of Habitat for Humanity’s Master Homeowner Program and future plans for ReStore growth.

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

The Mission of The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation is to make thoughtful and proactive investments that grow the multiple forms of wealth necessary for our community to thrive. These forms of wealth include the individual, intellectual, social, political, natural, built, and financial assets within our community. The Foundation exists to help individuals, families, businesses and nonprofits improve the lives within the community now and for generations to come by creating charitable funds each with their own philanthropic purpose and providing grants to nonprofits that meet the needs of the community.




Kitchen Remodeling is Expensive: Offset the Cost

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What does a kitchen remodel look like?

Experts say the cost of a kitchen remodel should range from 10 to 30 percent of the value of your home. This means a typical remodel in West Virginia costs about $30,000.

  • Cabinets: 40% = $ 12,000.00
  • Counter Tops: 15% = $ 4,500.00
  • Appliances: 10% = $ 3,000.00
  • Backsplash: 5% = $ 1,500.00
  • Floor Coverings: 8% = $ 2,400.00
  • Lighting/Electrical/Labor: 22% = $ 6,600.00

Kitchen Remodel

Offset the cost of a remodel by donating your old cabinets and appliances to Habitat for Humanity.

A donation to Habitat for Humanity ReStore that you value at $5,000 could result in a $1,250 tax deduction. The ReStore will accept the following items from your old kitchen.

  • Cabinets
  • Counter Tops (large pieces cut to 4′)
  • Sinks
  • Working Appliances (large and small, but no refrigerators)
  • Light Fixtures
  • Surplus Building Materials (tile, flooring, lumber, latex paint)
  • Decorations
  • Pots, Pans, Dishes and Utensils
  • Furniture

You can often avoid disposal and dump fees from your contractor by donating  your good reusable items instead of having them hauled away.

Call the ReStore Donations Manager at 304-720-8733  to schedule a pickup. Our 14″ box trucks travel through Kanawha & Putnam County Monday through Saturday.

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Planning makes perfect … and saves money.

Before you dive into your big remodel, check out these five kitchen remodel planning mistakes and how to avoid them. The fewer changes you make during your kitchen installation, the more money you will save.

Remember, build a kitchen to suit YOUR lifestyle and don’t worry about keeping up with the Jones!

***Habitat for Humanity is a bona-fide 501c3 non-profit. In accordance with IRS laws, donors must determine the value of their own donation. Donations valued at over $5,000 may require an appraisal. It is important verify the details of a large donation with your tax professional. ***

Double Take Art Show 2015

Double Take Art Show 2015

***Special Update*** The ReStore received a Star Award from Craft Retailers & Artists for Tomorrow (CRAFT) for Double Take Art Show! We are honored to receive this national recognition and applaud the Tamarack Artisan Foundation for organizing our participation in West Virginia and American Craft Week!

We were thrilled to have over 50 fantastic pieces of local art on display for the very first Double Take Art Show, and we look forward to making this an annual tradition. We thank the hundreds of people that visited Double Take to vote and bid. If you didn’t have to opportunity to stop by the ReStore during the two week show, here’s a short video for you viewing pleasure.

Thank you, David Irvine!

We’d liked to give a very special thank you to David Irvine for helping to make Double Take a success. In the modern world of internet technology, David, living in Toronto, Canada, came across Double Take. He reached out to the ReStore Director with an offer to build awareness of the event by creating and donating a piece of redirected art to the Double Take Art Show. David’s art donation raised $200 for Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam County.

And the winner is…

Double Take visitors were encouraged to vote for their favorite piece in the exhibit. The Community Choice Award, along with $200, goes to Adrienne Galloway for “Alice in a Winter Wonderland.”

Many more winners of local creative art!

Here is the list of the pieces that sold during the blind auction. The winners will be personally notified and their art will be made available for payment starting Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at the ReStore.

Hot Mess by Sherri Jackson

3. “Hot Mess” by Sherri Jackson GOES TO GINA PUZZUOLI


"Dun.Dun.Duunn." by Sherri Jackso

7. “Dun.Dun.Duunn.Duunn.Duunn.” by Sherri Jackson GOES TO GINA PUZZUOLI

"Space Worm Hole" by Christopher George

9. “Space Worm Hole” by Christopher George GOES TO SAM RAYHILL

"Eyes on You" by Katie Loflin

12. “Eyes on You” by Katie Loflin GOES TO CRICKET SKEEN

"Tres Toreros" by Brenda Pinnell

13. “Tres Toreros” by Brenda Pinnell GOES TO CATHY CAUDILL

"Vase of Flowers" by Tookie Nibert

14. “Vase of Flowers” by Anna “Tookie” Nibert GOES TO ANNE PLOTT

"Quence" by Kim Shrader

15. “Quence” by Kim Shrader GOES TO MEGAN ROSKOVENSKY

"Look Mom" by Wanda Dragoo

16. “Look Mom” by Wanda Dragoo GOES TO LORI MCCOMAS

"Aquatic Life of the Kanawha" by Cathy Caudill

17. “Aquatic Life of the Kanawha” by Cathy Caudill GOES TO DREW ORRISON

"Release the Kraken!" by Jenna Green

20. “Release the Kraken!” by Jenna Green GOES TO GINA PUZZUOLI

"Heading to the ReStore" by Wanda Dragoo

22. “Heading to the ReStore” by Wanda Dragoo GOES TO RESTORE STAFF

"Octopus" by Diane Legg

23. “Octopus” by Diane Legg GOES TO JASON NICHOLS

"Alice in a Winter Wonderland" by Adrienne Galloway

25. “Alice in a Winter Wonderland” by Adrienne Galloway GOES TO ADRIENNE GALLOWAY
"Alice" and "Rabbit" by Sarah Tolley

28. “Rabbit” by Sarah Tolley GOES TO JIM TOLLEY

29. “Alice” by Sarah Tolley GOES TO FRANCES TOLLEY

"Visitor" by Audrey Beckner

30. “Visitor” by Audrey Beckner GOES TO DIANE LEGG

"Monet Found His Glasses" by Shawn Means

31. “Monet Found His Glasses” by Shawn Means GOES TO AMY MCLAUGHLIN

"Cat in the Hat and Nessie" by Beth Loflin

32. “Cat in the Hat and Nessie” by Beth Loflin GOES TO AMY WILLIAMS

"Mary Poppins" by Rhonda Jones

33. “Mary Poppins” by Rhonda Jones GOES TO TAMMY HARPER

"Mythical Creatures" by Pam Stallings

34. “Mythical Creatures” by Pam Stallings GOES TO LINDSAY HILTON

Untitled by Betty Rivard

38. Untitled by Betty Rivard GOES TO LINDSAY HILTON

"Believe" by Beth Kerns

39. “Believe” by Beth Kerns GOES TO GINA PUZZUOLI

"Sundown Motel" by Janet Pendergrass

41. “Sundown Motel” by Janet C. Pendergrass GOES TO JANET PENDERGRASS

"First Feast" by Danolita Curnutte

42. “First Feast” by Danolita Curnutte GOES TO REBECCA TIGNOR

"Bag Lady" by Margaret Volkwein

43. “Bag Lady” by Margaret Volkwein GOES TO THOM WORLLEDGE

"New York" by Rebecca Hemsworth

44. “New York” by Rebecca Hemsworth GOES TO SAM RAYHILL


Untitled by David Irvine

48.  Untitled by David Irvine GOES TO AMY MCLAUGHLIN

"Lisa Frank Cat" by Brittany Means

49. “Lisa Frank Cat” by Brittany Means GOES TO SARA PRICE FORTNEY

The pieces that did not sell through this year’s blind auction will be automatically entered into Double Take 2016. All participating artists’ ReStore gift cards are available for pickup at the ReStore cashier’s desk.

Strangest ReStore Donations Ever!

Strangest ReStore Donations Ever!

We’ve seen our fair share of strange donations at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Charleston, WV. From beautiful vintage furniture to original artwork, the donations we receive are as unusual as the customers we serve. We often receive large donations of estate sale leftovers, and you just never know what you will find in those boxes!

ReStore Full of Donations

The inventory of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Charleston is 99% donated. We purchase a few small complimentary items for our customer’s convenience (i.e. paint brushes and wax rings), but we primarily rely on the generosity of our local donors to fill our store. Individuals, businesses, retailers and manufacturers donate used and surplus material to the ReStore where it is resold to fund the construction of Habitat for Humanity homes in Kanawha and Puntam Counties.

Thank You!

Donations from people like you have enabled our ReStore to fund the construction of more than 50 Habitat for Humanity homes. We appreciate all of our donors! Even the ones that donate prosthetic legs and dentistry tools. Yes, we’ve seen both.


Strange Donation

The photo of this unusual couch was our most viewed facebook post EVER!

Strange Donation

Devo’s Hat

Strange Donation

A nice collection of heads.

Strange Donation

Doesn’t this look like it came from Jeanie’s bottle?

Strange Donation

We really wanted the high dive too, but we made due.

Strange Donation

Not sure if this donation came from a church or a haunted house.

Strange Donation

An unusual sculpture by a semi-famous artist.

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