After Matthew’s post about our treasure-packed visit to the ReStore in Springfield, Mass., an employee from ReStore posted on the Facebook fan page with a list of ReStore/Habitat for Humanity locations nationwide. Check it out to find a location near you. It’s interesting to ponder why some ReStores are so much “better” than others – for mid century treasure hunters. My Springfield ReStore is well packed. I think the alchemy must come from: (1) Was the area around the ReStore hoppin’ in the 50s and 60s with lots of new construction… mixed with (2) there is either a dynamic amount of remodeling … or demo … going on today… and (3) there is a lot of good PR going on at that ReStore. Central Massachusetts for sure grew massively in the immediate postwar era. There had been wartime activities in the area, so there was a lot of money saved during the war, and spent after.Massachusetts entrepreneurs also have a history of being very innovative and productive, and the factories were humming. All that translates to: Lots of stuff in folks’ houses… coming back to the surface today.
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