As promised, here’s the scoop on a fabulous thrift shop in Osoyoos. When we holiday in Oliver (just down the road) we often make a trip into Osoyoos to do a little shopping. There’s a fun hardware store in town (where even dogs are welcome to come in for a biscuit) and there used to be a dingy, smelly thrift shop on the main drag but it’s gone. Thankfully, I asked a shop clerk if there was another thrift shop in town and she directed me to the Osoyoos United Church Thrift Shop, just two blocks off the main drag on – wait for it – Spartan Street. Isn’t that great?
The shop is located in the church basement, which is smart given how hot it can get in Osoyoos. It’s a little crowded but they make use of every inch of space. Conversations overheard were proof that this is a community meeting place where people know each other by name. The shop supports a whole variety of charities and is completely run by volunteers. The lovely lady behind the counter told us that their only overhead costs are the few utilities they use so nearly all of their proceeds go to charity.
For value, this is the place to go. I found two pairs of dress pants for John with the store tags still on for $5 each. The happy thing here is that they’re his length (31) which is nearly impossible to find.
My sister, Benita, (see my previous blog about my comment on thrifting with her) found this really great sailor jacket for me – isn’t the fabric cool? I think it’s home-made because there are no tags inside at all. Since we’re both nautical nuts, it’ll be a jacket we share.
Benita found a great pink Gap t-shirt and a fantastic white beach cover-up/blouse for $2. One niece found some belts and the other niece found a “cute “ little dress, also for $2, and earings to match. We laughed all morning when Aaron pointed out to us that women really need to find a different descriptor for things. “Why is everything ‘cute’?” he asked. Good question – but try and find another word, I dare you. Aaron found a definitely NOT cute t-shirt that he bought – and wore – for fun. I think. All he needs is some serious bling.
He also found a couple of records for dirt cheap. (There’s also a surfer shop on Main Street in Osoyoos that sells vinyl where he picked up a few others for a good price too.)
It was a fun shop to dig through and I’m sure we’ll be back next year. Where did you shop on your holidays?