Archive for May, 2014

Bird feeder rain guards from light fixtures

By: Jim and Pat Tostevin

Bird Feeder


After buying one unexciting plastic dome-shaped rain guard for a bird feeder, we decided there must be a better way – and there is!

We spotted a vintage glass and brass chandelier shade in a thrift store for less than the $8 we paid for the dome from the birdseed store. It struck us that with some sealing of vent holes, removal of electrical cords and sockets and the addition of a couple of hooks, we could have a much more decorative rain guard for our bird feeders. Now we have a large metal arbor hanging outside our large living room window with about 10 chandeliered feeders and lights.

The chandeliers used are various shapes, made with beveled glass panels in brass holders. Standard lamp nipples, nuts, hooks and loops are available from hardware or lighting stores. The only limits to how they are used are the places you have to hang them, the shapes and sizes of shades you can find and the variety of feeders and lights to hang under them.

It’s fun to include some solar lights. Inexpensive pathway lights can be used – just discard the stake.

We used plastic hole plugs of various sizes, which are also available at hardware stores, to seal the vent holes in the tops of the chandeliers, usually with a little silicone sealant to keep them in place. We even have a happy little Buddha in a bird’s nest under one of ours!

The chandeliers weather very well. We’ve never had to repair one because of corrosion or breakage. Because of lots of bird activity, however, we do need to do an annual wash down. Hanging them with lightweight clips or carabineers facilitates taking them down for cleaning.

Stop by Cape Cod’s ReStore to see our discount light fixtures!

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Renovating your Cape Cod Home? What can be donated to the ReStore?

Cape Cod Renovation

As you know, a renovation involves replacing many items even though some are still usable. A home improvement project presents a great opportunity to donate…
And donating has it’s advantages:

  • Your donated items will have a new life and be kept out of the landfill.
  • Your donations may be eligible for a tax deduction.
  • All proceeds from the items stay on Cape Cod and support the Habitat for Humanity mission.

There’s more…

  • A ReStore representative can perform a pre-renovation inspection to help determine which items are reusable.
  • The ReStore will send a truck and a moving crew to pick up the items
  • Since everybody wins, there is no charge.

In general:
Any donated item should be is good condition. Functional, complete, and clean. If it’s a “close call”, feel free to call the ReStore (508-394-6400) for advice or to arrange a pre-renovation inspection.

Kitchen Cabinets:
Most cabinets are reusable either in another kitchen, a basement or a garage. If there is a pre-renovation inspection the ReStore representative may want to take a photo while the cabinets are still in place.

Appliances such as stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers need to be clean and in good working order. In general they should not be less than 7 years old.

Doors and windows:
Most doors and windows are reusable provided they are undamaged and complete.

Wood such as 2x4s, 2x6s, and trim can be recycled provided they come without exposed nails and screws.

Light fixtures and lamps can be donated as long as they are in working condition, complete, and are undamaged.

Door handles, cabinet knobs, and hinges:
These are acceptable provided they are not rusted or broken.

Area Rugs:
Most any area rug in good condition is acceptable. (No stains, rips, or fraying.)

Sinks and bathtubs:
There can not be any permanent stains or chips in the porcelain. Nore that the ReStore occasionally becomes overstocked with sinks and bathtubs, so please check with us in advance.

Renovation and furniture change often go hand and hand. Basically, the ReStore will take all furniture in good condition except for upholstered pieces… Upholstered furniture must be in very good condition.
(This includes outdoor furniture and “3 season room” furniture as well.)

Something else?
Just call and ask.

A renovation is a great opportunity to recycle – and the Habitat ReStore would like to be your partner.

A Good Day for Hot Dogs



Saturday, May 24th, was Hot Dog Day. Over 240 free hot dogs and bags of chips were served. (See the pictures below.) The next Hot Dog Day will be in June!

At Cape Cod’s ReStore Hot Dog Day comes once a month. The grill is turned on around 10:30am and stays on till about 3pm. Customers are served free hot dogs, chips, water, and coffee on cold days. The food is cooked near the front door and all are welcome to come over for lunch or a snack. Why do we do this? Customer appreciation. We love our customers, and the way they support the ReStore.

The Cape Cod ReStore is a place to buy or donate used furniture, appliances, door and windows, and building supplies. All our merchandise is sold at significant discounts. All sales support Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod.

Our inventory of furniture, appliances, building supplies, cabinets, and hardware is always changing. If you don’t see what you are looking for today, try again later. And if you do see something you like, remember… it may not be here tomorrow!

ReStore hours of operation: Wednesday – Saturday: 9 AM – 5 PM
Closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday

Phone: 508-394-6400

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You never know who’ll show up!

Who benefits from the Cape Cod ReStore?


  • The public who shop at the ReStore can save up to 75% off retail prices!


  • Donate new or slightly used building materials and help improve our community while receiving a tax deduction.

The Cape Cod Community:

  • Proceeds from the ReStore help to build Habitat homes in our community.

The Earth:

  • Whether you buy or donate materials, you are reducing the amount of usable building materials going to a landfill.

We’re open 9am to 5pm, Wed – Sat.

Reasons to shop at Cape Cod’s Habitat ReStore

1. You will save Money. All items at ReStore are sold at a fraction of the retail price. While the prices are unbelievably low, the quality of the products is still top-notch. Some products are even brand new! The gently used products also adhere to a high quality standard. ReStore’s non-profit status also allows them to offer lower prices than bigger, for-profit department stores.

2. It’s a great way to be green. Not only can you save money at ReStore, you can reduce your carbon footprint. By purchasing recycled or overstock items, you’re giving a second and useful life to materials that could have ended up in a landfill. Additionally, you are also saving the energy and resources used to produce new materials.

3. You are supporting a Good Cause. All of ReStore’s proceeds stay local and benefit the Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod. This organization works to provide affordable housing for the area’s low-income families. By purchasing from the ReStore, you directly contribute toward building affordable housing in the Cape Cod communities. In other words, your purchase is a a donation.

4. It’s fun! The Cape Cod ReStore offers a unique variety of furniture, appliances, building materials, and home goods. And, the inventory is constantly changing! Staff members and volunteers are friendly and always willing to help. It’s a good way to spend part of a rainy day – and on sunny days many of the items are brought outside. Don’t be surprised if we offer you a free hot dog and a bag chips.