Every once in a while my hubby attends board meetings that require him to spend a night in a fancy hotel. Naturally, I tag along! (Thankfully, my job is such that I can do it from almost anywhere.) I only had to work half a day, so I spent Thursday afternoon, plotting thrift shops along 3 Road in Richmond, BC. It was a gorgeous sunny day and I hit four shops in four hours. I’ll share about 2 of them this week and 2 next week.
Richmond Family Place
This little thrift store is connected to Richmond Family Place, which is a resource to families in Richmond providing a play drop-in, parenting programs, children’s programs, family support, resources and referrals. Their thrift store provides clothing for free to families staying at Nova Transition House and to other families referred to them by partner agencies. The public can shop here too and there are great deals to be had with daily specials – on Thursday it was Fill a bag with Adult Clothes for $5 (Children’s clothes $3.)
It’s not a big place but it was clean and volunteers were friendly and obviously knew their clientele very well, judging from the happy banter I overheard while shopping.
I didn’t find enough clothing to fill a bag, but I found this Haggar sweater for John for just $5 and two brand new Michael’s photo frames for just $1.50 each.
RAPS operates two shelters: a Cat Sanctuary, that houses up to 200 cats and a City Shelter that takes in lost, abandoned or surrendered animals of all kinds and adopts them out. The Cat Sanctuary is sometimes referred to as a Cat Club-Med – not a moniker I’d use for their thrift store!
The shop is tiny and unbelievably crowded. They take anything: clothing, shoes, furniture, household items, you name it – it’s crammed in there. Most of their clothing is in pretty good shape but some of it isn’t clean or is stained. Nothing is priced, so it’s a bit of an adventure taking your things to the till. You have to be a good judge of whether or not something will fit you since there are no fitting rooms. The happy news is, it’s CHEAP. I found an Urban Behaviour sweater, with sleeves that are way too long (story of my life), but otherwise in excellent shape and was only charged 50 cents. At that price, you can take a chance on something and redonate it if it doesn’t fit.
I’m linking up with Apron Thrift Girl – check out what she found at California Estate Sales this weekend.