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Vail Valley Voices: Habitat’s Outlet

Jean Klein
Vail, CO, Colorado

Why is the Habitat Home Outlet important to our community?

The Habitat Home Outlet store is a nonprofit building and home furnishing business operated by Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties. We accept donations of quality new and used building materials, appliances, furniture and home decor. These donated products are sold at deeply discounted prices. The funds generated are then reinvested in our community through the construction of affordable Habitat for Humanity homes.

Donating and shopping at our store is a socially responsible choice. Donors and shoppers help increase the number of affordable homes in our community and assist in reducing materials in the landfill as the store recycles many items.

In addition to being an important revenue stream for Habitat, we help all local families improve their living conditions at a fraction of the cost through our discount program. We also appeal to subcontractors, property managers, first-time home buyers, investors rehabbing properties and other nonprofit organizations.

The first Habitat store opened in Austin, Texas, in 1992. Today, there are more than 700 stores in three countries. Originally the Habitat stores sold primarily building materials, but over the years we have expanded to sell virtually everything needed for your home.

Our store opened almost six years ago in Gypsum. Last November, the store was relocated to Eagle. The new facility is more centrally located in the Vail Valley and is more cost-effective to operate.

We have a small, friendly and hardworking staff and a dedicated group of volunteers. We want you to have a good experience when you visit our store.

What types of products can you expect to find at the Habitat Home Outlet?

Our inventory is always changing, as items are donated daily by hotels, businesses, builders and individual donors. We always have a good supply of furniture, building materials and appliances. There are treasures to be found from antiques to unique home decor donated from beautiful homes, decorators and businesses in our valley.

How can you donate?

Donations can be brought to our store during normal business hours. For items too large to bring, we offer a pickup service at your home, business or building site. Call our donations coordinator for an appointment. All donations are tax-deductible.

We have additional programs and benefits for our community.

Cars for Homes: When you donate your vehicle, you are helping a family in our community build a house and the hope for a better life. You may also be eligible for a tax deduction. All vehicles with a clean title are welcome, including cars, trucks, RVs, motorcycles and construction equipment. Vehicles are accepted whether they run or not. We offer a free towing service. The process is easy.

Deconstruction Services: Deconstruction is the careful dismantling of a structure and the salvaging of all useable material, an eco-friendly way of remodeling your home. There is a tax benefit for these donations, and you are helping the planet. It will benefit not only you, as the homeowner, but also Habitat for Humanity. Here’s how:

Partial deconstruction: Talk to your contractor about carefully removing easily accessible items from your home, such as modular cabinetry, vanities, sinks, appliances, lighting fixtures, bathtubs, crown and base molding, shower doors, doors, windows and home decor items that are less labor-intensive to remove. Contact our store to learn how to start a dialogue with your contractor.

Full deconstruction: The Habitat Home Outlet has partnered with the ReUse People to assist you with your deconstruction needs. The ReUse People is a fee-for-service 501(c)3 non-profit organization that strongly supports the green building philosophy by advancing the general principal of reuse and recycle. ReUse People recycles and reuses materials from roof to foundation by providing the Habitat Home Outlet with the bulk of usable materials removed from the deconstruction site. For more information, call our store.

Best of the Best Sales: Customer excitement ramps up whenever we have a Best of the Best Sale. Occasionally The Habitat Home Outlet receives a very large donation of exceptional quality. When this happens, we have a Best of the Best Sale at an offsite location. Recently we received such a donation.

Volunteers: Volunteers are needed and welcome at the store, and can do everything from folding sheets to moving furniture. To volunteer, please go to or phone us at 970-328-1119.

Where is the Habitat Home Outlet?

We are at 751 Chambers Ave., Eagle. We are open to the public Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For directions or more information, call 970-328-1119,or email us at

Help us make our community a better place to live by donating, shopping and volunteering at the Habitat Home Outlet.

We look forward to seeing you at our store soon.

Jean Klein moved to the valley in 1965. She has donated countless hours to Habitat for Humanity. She can be found most days at the Habitat Home Outlet.

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