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Back-to-school shopping: where to find desks and chairs for students

Posted at 6:23 PM, Aug 26, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — This year, kids are going back to school from home. For some families that could mean buying new furniture, like desks and chairs.

Those who have lost their jobs are likely looking for options that are a little more affordable.

Some furniture items at big box stores can be pricey, and may be hard to find this year. But there are other options where you can shop and save.

"If you need to equip your home with things to make it more comfortable to work from home, or learn from home, the ReStore is a really great resource," said Stephanie Lawson, Development and Communications Manager at Habitat Buffalo.

From dining tables to children's desks, to chairs and couches, at the ReStore's south PARK AVENUE location, you can find furniture to help transition parts of your home to a workplace or a classroom.

Items get quarantined and sanitized before they are put on the floor.

"We're seeing an awful lot of shoppers who have been impacted by COVID in one way or another. Whether it's illness or job loss or something that's impacted their income. And they are looking for some low-cost options," said Lawson.

The ReStore provides funds to Habitat for Humanity to build homes for families. It also helps the environment by re-using donated items.

Another place to check out is Amvets, where sales support our nation’s veterans.

"We always have a constant supply of furniture coming into the stores, we do pickups [of donations] throughout a large portion of the state. So we always have a constant supply of furniture, there's usually no shortage," Keith Haley, Amvets National Thrift Store Director

Amvets has three locations in the Buffalo area.