Transitions Thrift Store the ultimate recycling project

“Once there, they are hung in the closets for emergency use by women and children using the services of the house.”

April 30, 2015

I consider myself to be a bit of an expert on thrift shops. Some (maybe even most) of my best clothes were discovered by me at thrift shops. And that’s what I love. When I set out to a thrift shop with $20 in my pocket, I never know what I will discovery but I am excited because I am sure to will discover at least one wonderful find.

Thrift shops help us to clean out our closets, stretch our clothing dollars and to reuse/recycle.

I am not thrilled with Walmart, through ValuVillage, getting into the thrift shop game and some of the Christian thrift shop groups are a bit too into Bible banging.

Yet it is wonderful to support worthy- cause groups when making purchases at thrift stores. The SOS store in Parksville, BC, Canada is one of the best I have come across. It is like a department store and supports community programs from its proceed.

Probably at the top of my list are thrift shops that raise money for shelters for abused women. Here is an article about one on Salt Spring Island, BC:

Gulf Islands Driftwood

Transitions Thrift Store the ultimate recycling project

by Tanya Lester

Next time you buy something at Transitions Thrift Store, face the cashier area and the outside door. Then, take a look up to your left.

The mounted photographs of the charmingly furnished rooms at the Salt Spring Island Transition House will show you where some of the profits from your purchase are going.

According to Nancy Boyce, who works as executive director of Island Women Against Violence, which runs the transition house, thousands of dollars in profits each year have kept the house furnished since an industrious board member decided to open the thrift store in 1997.

Store profits have also created much-needed contingency reserves and annually supplemented operational funding for the house. This year, the organization will rely on store profits to assist in the launching of two new counseling programs: Stopping the Violence and Children Who Witness Abuse.

Located next to Salt Spring Coffee Co. in Ganges and opening out onto the parking lot. Transitions is a “beehive” of activity during its business hours — people dropping off clothing donations in plastic garbage bags, others checking out what’s new on the clothing racks. Two part-time co-managers and volunteers sort through clothes, hang them up, create window displays or ring up good buys.

Boyce explained if supporters do not see their clothing donations in the store, that may be because they have been taken right over to the transition house. Once there, they are hung in the closets for emergency use by women and children using the services of the house.

Those who stay at the transition house also receive clothing credits to be used at the thrift store over a six-month period.

If there is an overabundance of clothes, Transitions does its best to redistribute goods to other worthy causes on-island. After that, things are passed on to other non-profits on Vancouver Island.

Transitions Thrift Store is the ultimate in recycling projects: the community giving and receiving goes on and on.



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