David Nunez and Danielle McCowan of La Quinta search for items to renovate their bathroom at the ReStore, a Habitat for Humanity second-hand store, in Palm Desert. / Richard Lui/The Desert Sun
Very few retail outlets sell sleek stainless steel Kitchen Aid ovens for $125. Or for that matter, a toilet outfitted with a brass bidet for about $40.
These are the kinds of appliances and other household products for sale at ReStore, the Habitat for Humanity-operated secondhand store in Palm Desert. And many of these items came from second homes being renovated by snowbirds, store officials say.
“So they’ll get rid of their cabinets. Or they’ll get rid of their furniture. Because sometimes in the majority of these donations it’s somebody cleaning their house out as they move away for the summer,” said Patrick Swarthout, president of the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity of the Coachella Valley. “Or having contractors come in and have them remodel during the summer while they’re gone.”