I finally found a local Habitat for Humanity Restore. I love these stores. If you have never been to one, there is a great one located at 800 North State Street in Elgin.
Each Restore is operated by a local Habitat for Humanity, and the proceeds from the store go to help Habitat build more homes for people in need.
Restores vary depending on the store, but the one in Elgin is mostly building materials, light fixtures, and things of that nature. Know that you do have to pick through the merchandise as some is of better quality; however, know that you can always find something you can no longer live without.
The Elgin location has a lot of really great merchandise. The party I was with found two really great deals on two chandeliers. One of the chandeliers was in excellent condition and sold for only $2.00.
Of course, if you are feeling charitable, you can also donate or volunteer at any Restore location. If you do not want to donate or volunteer, at least purchase something. All proceeds go to a great cause.
For a list of all Illinois locations, click here!