(Last Updated On: October 7, 2014)

Recycle.  Repurpose.  Renew.  Sustainable.  These are hot topics today and there’s a store – a ReStore to be exact – in Breckenridge that embodies all these principles, while generating funds for the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity.  Check out the Habitat for Humanity ReStore on County Road 450 in Breckenridge.

What’s a ReStore, you ask?  Well, since ReAwesome isn’t a word, it’s the next best thing.  It’s simply a treasure-trove of things for your home.

You never know what treasures and bargains you will find for your home when you visit the ReStore!And the best part?  Items in the ReStore come from donations from local businesses and private homes.  So the ReStore is a type of recycling, so to speak, that results in thrift store like prices for new and near- new items.

The Breckenridge ReStore has a variety of furniture, lamps, appliances and home décor items.  On a busy Saturday, locals and visitors alike created a steady stream of customers.  Those in the know suggest checking out the store on a weekly basis, as items come and go daily.  While I was there, everyone from a well known Breckenridge Ski Resort instructor to the Town of Breckenridge Building Inspector was there, all looking for that certain item to make their home even more special.  (Insider tip: the Building Inspector was upgrading his dining room light with an (almost) new light fixture from the ReStore.)  According to store manager, Frank Steen, folks buy their dream mountain home here in the mountains, but many times it does not have their idea of dream furniture.  These folks donate the furniture out of their new vacation get-a-way before refurnishing their vacation home.  So do local businesses such as Vail Resorts, One Ski Hill Place and the DoubleTree Breckenridge.  The result is incredible finds and steals, including original works of art and custom furniture.


Bill and Sarah Dudney, with ReStore Manager Frank Steen, are all smiles while visiting the ReStore!

The store has customers not only from Summit County, but from Leadville, Fairplay and Park County, as well as visitors from the Front Range.   Meet  Sarah and Bill Dudney, who are the proud parents of seven, yes, you count them, seven kids.  They moved to Breckenridge and found their furniture was a bit oversized for their house.  They donated their furniture and have almost entirely outfitted their new home with furniture from the ReStore.  Elaine Cheeseman, of Woodland Park, is another fan.  She discovered the store on one of her winter ski trips last season.  She was able to completely redo her basement into a mother-in-law apartment, thanks to the ReStore.  And then there is Gerardo Castillo – he was the store’s best customer last year when he bought items to build a basement apartment.  Now he’s the ReStore’s Donations Coordinator!

And speaking of donations: the ReStore accepts used furniture, lighting fixtures, lamps and items in good re-sellable condition, along with new or near-new building supplies or appliances.   Donations are accepted during store hours, which are Wednesday through Saturday, from 10am-5pm.  What are you waiting for?  Take a look around your home.  You never liked that coffee table any way, right?  Donate it to the ReStore and then shop while you are there for one you like better.  Sales from the ReStore go to Habitat for Humanity, a non-denominational, non-profit home building organization that has more than 2,000 affiliates in 117 countries. The local chapter has already completed three single family residences in Summit County.

For more information, please call 970-423-7445 or visit  their web page by clicking here.

– Jenise Jensen