So last week when I did a thrift shop marathon in Burnaby, another shop was recommended to me by the folks at the Journey Home Thrift Shop. I travelled there but, alas, it was closed by the time I arrived. Don’t you hate that? It bugged me all week.
So this week, when I had to pick up my son again, I made a point of leaving early enough to hit this one on my way. I also took along some of my favourite thrifting companions: my mom, my sister and her youngest daughter. We all scored something.
The Orphan Aid Thrift Store – 7889 Edmonds Street
The Orphan Aid Thrift Store supports orphans in Zambia through an organization called Seeds of Hope, a children’s ministry which operates the Buseko Children’s Home and the Grace Academy Boarding School for children affected by HIV/AIDS. The Orphan Aid Thrift Store is 100% volunteer run, so once the rent and utilities are paid for the store, the rest of the proceeds go directly to support this work.
The store is a classic thrift store – crammed full of great stuff, using up every inch of space available. There’s a small selection of furniture and baby items in the basement, a well organized book section, lots of clothing and household goods. The store is clean, the fitting rooms are large, and the volunteers are cheerful and friendly.
I tried on a couple of things but the only clothing item I found was a bra for $3. (Sorry to those of you for whom that was TMI. Happily, you’ll noticed I restrained myself and did not include a photo.) My happy purchase was a stack of 100 legal sized white envelopes for $2 and a package of cameo-like blank vintage greeting cards – 6 of them for 50cents. My family all found something so we were all satisfied!
We stopped back at Journey Home Thrift Shop to donate some items and scout a little more stuff. I am happy to report that the impressions I had of the store last week were confirmed this week.
I’m connecting to Apron Thrift Girl, who has a Thrift Share Monday where thrifters from all over the world share their finds. Check it out.
What did you find in our thrifting adventures this week?