Those remodeling a home who have old sinks, tubs, cabinets or other home furnishings now have a new place to take them in East Peoria. The Habitat ReStore officially opened with a ribbon cutting Nov. 29. The business is located at 110 Carver Lane in the former Messer's Autbody behind Avanti's. On the day of the opening, people milled about inside checking out the merchandise while enjoying coffee and doughnuts. Several made purchases. In fact, one antique hutch was gone from the floor within the first hour. The store's contents included shelves, chairs, couches, lighting, picture frames, a Christmas tree and much more. Ray Benja of Bellevue bought some tools. “I've donated a lot of stuff to them and I buy a lot of stuff from them,” he said. Lea Anne Schmidgall, Habitat's development director, said they had to shoo people away for weeks before the opening. During the ribbon cutting in front of the entrance to the store, ReStore manager Janet Burke gave a speech. “We have seen many families achieve home ownership through the Habitat program. We are excited to continue to support the efforts of the Habitat program through this new ReStore,” she said. “What I am most excited about is that this ReStore will be another opportunity to bring awareness to the community about our local Habitat affiliate and program. “The ReStore provides several things to the community, a place to recycle items that would end up in the landfill, a place for the public to purchase affordable home improvement items, appliances and furniture.” Burke said the ReStore supports the local Habitat for Humanity home builds program. “Through your donations to the store and your purchases, you are helping families in your community,” she said. Habitat for Humanity is building its sixth home in East Peoria in 2013. The store accepts items in good condition. Those items include: doors, windows, large working appliances, tools, cabinets, lighting, building materials and furniture (no mattresses.) Diane Lauterbach, executive director for the East Peoria Housing Authority attended the opening. “I just love the idea of reusing and recycling. It's a great resource for the landlords of East Peoria,” Lauterbach said. Store hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 285-8078 or visit www.habitatpeoria.org.