I had the opportunity to do a little thrift road trip today after dropping my son off at his home in Burnaby. I plotted a route along Kingsway, with a little detour onto Edmonds and scored some great stuff. I’ll share two shops with you today.
Burnaby Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop – 3185 Kingsway
This one is actually in Vancouver, just west of Joyce Street. It supports the Burnaby Hospital raising funds to enhance patient comfort and support hospital staff – a worthy cause to support with my pennies!
This shop is what I call a classic thrift shop: very small, very crowded, volunteer run. This can be good or bad; in this case, mostly good. The little shop is nicely organized and carries mostly clothing and shoes, accessories, a few books, toys, housewares and pictures. No furniture or sports equipment or the like, simply because they have no space. The shop is clean and its greatest asset is its volunteers: very friendly, cheerful and obviously know their regular customers well.
I picked up a great Nautica table runner that is now gracing the dresser in my bedroom.
My only complaint with this shop is that they staple their tags onto their clothes – ugh! I hate it when shops do that because you run the risk of damaging your purchase when you try and remove the staple. Still, a cute little shop and worth a visit.
Burnaby Hospice Society Thrift Shop – 6843 Kingsway
A few kilometres east is this great thrift shop that supports the Burnaby Hospice Society which provides hospice and palliative care, bereavement support and does community education. Their thrift shop is large, bright, and very well organized. They’ve got a great book section, lots of housewares, luggage, CDs and DVDs, and a big clothing and shoe section. Again, I noticed the volunteers were helpful and seemed to enjoy their work with customers. I noted one volunteer interacting with a gentleman who did not speak English very well; she was kind and patient with him. That speaks volumes to me.
My Whitecaps fanatic son will be thrilled when he sees this vintage soccer jersey. Just in time to celebrate their season opener victory: 2-0 against Montreal.
Also picked up a Guiness t-shirt for my hubby, just in time for St. Patrick’s day. Love the sleeve detail. I also picked up this cute, polka-dot summer skirt with this interesting detail. All clothes were 50% off, so the whole thing came to a whopping $6.50. Gotta love that.
These were great thrift shops but still not the best one I hit on my journey today. You’ll have to wait for that gem for next week’s post.
What did you find on your thrift travels this weekend?
If you want to be inspired by others’ finds, check out Apron Thrift Girl’s Thrift Share Monday post – it’s one of my favourite Monday morning activities!