Carter’s Furniture donates $25,000 in merchandise to Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Feb. 25 – CHAMPAIGN – ReStore, the Habitat for Humanity operated retail store in Champaign County, receives an increase in new furniture merchandise for sale from Carter’s Furniture in Urbana.

Carter’s is donating $25,000 worth of furniture to Habitat’s ReStore at 119 E. University Ave., C, the agency said.

ReStore, which serves as a fundraiser for Habitat, primarily sells second-hand items that have been donated, including furniture, housewares, appliances, building materials, and assistive electronics.

New furnishings sourced from Carter’s include new dinette sets, tables, chairs, upholstery, an entertainment unit and numerous photos and murals, said Carter President Allen Carter.

These are items that are usable but haven’t sold — some because they’re in discontinued styles or fabrics, Carter said.

This isn’t the first time Carter’s has donated to Habitat. Carter said the store has made similar donations over the past decade. The furniture store also made donations to Salt & Light, he said.

Carter’s runs a small clearance center in its store for inventory that ages a bit, he said, but that area can get a little full. By donating the extras, he said, Habitat can benefit.

“We want it sold by them,” he said. “It helps them create income.”

Carter’s is due to close its fiscal year on March 31, so now is the perfect time to make the donation, Carter said.

“We like to clean, clean,” he said.

Proceeds from ReStore sales help Habitat fund its mission to provide decent, affordable housing.

Habitat executive director Chad Hoffman said Carter had been generous to the agency over the years and the new furniture donated should be a big draw to attract more buyers to ReStore.

Although the donated furniture won’t sell for the price of new furniture, it should generate several thousand dollars in sales, Hoffman said.

“It’s a huge impact for us,” he said.

Habitat’s goal for ReStore is to generate enough money in sales to fund two affordable homes a year, he said.

ReStore sales are up from last year and approaching pre-pandemic levels, Hoffman said. Habitat has also resumed donated furniture drives two days a week, he said.