Closed for Labour Day

Community Services Thrift Store Closed for Labour DayHappy Labour Day from the staff and volunteers at Community Services Thrift Store.

In honour of the September holiday weekend, the thrift store will be closed on Monday, September 4.

We will re-open on Tuesday, September 5 at 9am for all your thrift store shopping needs!

Have a great holiday!

Back to University with Thrift Store Style

It’s down to the last few hectic weeks before former high school students make the transition into university freshman. Where the “must have lists” include pens, paper and now items for the dorm room.

20170821_150437For some, it is just a few blankets and sheets for the dorm beds. For others living in apartments or off campus, the basics may include items like silverware, pots, pans and even coffee makers.

Starting school can be a drain on your wallet, but you can curb the costs by shopping for some of the housing basics at local thrift stores. Gently used second-hand items can be treasures for students heading out on their own for the first time.

20170821_150339From bedding to cutlery to small appliances, thrift stores carry everything a first time university student may need — at a fraction of the cost.

Community Services Thrift Store on North Road in Gibsons tests each small appliance from toasters to vaccums before they go on the floor.

Pop into our store and see what we have in store for your back-to-university “must have” list. Inventory changes daily!

Every Item Has A Story

Community Services Thrift Store - Gibsons BCPeople think thrift stores simply resell slightly used items at a discount to benefit local charities and organizations.

But that is only part of what we do. We are in the business of stories. As a volunteer, I get to hear stories from two different perspectives.

Every item donated to a thrift store has a story. The item was purchased as a wedding, a souvenir or even a “just thinking of you” gift. The dishes may have been purchased for a first apartment. The dress may have been purchased for the first job interview after college.

Owners donate their items when their lives are transitioning, such as downsizing or moving in with that special someone. Not all transitions are happy ones, such as divorce or the loss of a loved one. It is usually when a chapter in one’s life comes to an end that items are donated. The ending of a personal story.

But that isn’t the end of the story for the item.

Donations at Thrift StoresWhen an item is purchased at a thrift store, it is bought with a hope of a beginning. People are shopping for the perfect picture to hang in their new home. They are shopping for onesies for their fast-growing newborn. They are looking for a toaster for their new vacation rental.

People buy when their lives are in transition.

Every item has a story. Thrift stores are the transition house from endings to a new beginning — for items and people.

Visit Community Services Thrift Store to see what we have in store for you.