Rockford ReStore Move Proves Successful

Whether you’re buying something for your home, donating items or volunteering at ReStore, 7141 Harrison Ave., you’re improving local lives by supporting Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity.

“Our Rockford ReStore is a key funding source in the support of the Habitat for Humanity mission, which provides safe, affordable housing to deserving area families who want to be homeowners,” says John Hargrove, a volunteer and former Rockford Habitat board president. ReStore opened in Rockford in 2005.

“In 2021, ReStore will provide 50 percent of the funding for six new Habitat homes.”

ReStore sells gently used furniture, tools, home furnishings, building supplies like windows, sinks and doors, electrical and plumbing supplies, flooring, tile and more. New items are also sold, donated by businesses and corporations.

Hargrove, a retired manager, worked 42 years for Sears. He led the relocation of ReStore to Harrison Avenue, across from Cherryvale Mall, in 2018.

He says the move was “a leap of faith” that’s proven hugely successful.

“With the move, ReStore tripled in size and became more visible to the public, attracting more shoppers and donors. The number of donations is staggering, but that’s a good problem,” he says.

“Some people shop with us every week,” says Hargrove. “The important rule at ReStore is buy it when you see it.”

Volunteers keep ReStore open, he adds.

“Bring a friend with you to volunteer and see how fun and gratifying it is to support a great nonprofit organization.”

ReStore accepts drop-off donations Tuesday through Saturday. Find a list of acceptable items at, or call (815) 580-1205 to schedule a pickup.

ReStore shopping hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Families interested in learning about the home ownership program and people interested in volunteering can call the local Habitat office at (815) 636-4573.

Says Hargrove, “Dollars and donations really do make a positive difference in our community.” ❚