Every once in a while you get that wonderful opportunity to witness a dream come true. I got to witness that today with the grand opening of The Littlest Thrift Shop, 305 Cedar Street in New Westminster, BC.
Brooke Young dreamed of opening a thrift shop for years and today that dream became reality. It really is possible that this is the littlest thrift shop in the world – it is teeny tiny but Brooke has made good use of the space she has with shelving and limiting the amount of product she has on the floor at one time.
She is picky about her donations – clothing needs to be laundered and free of rips and tears and she’ll take furniture in good condition. She doesn’t accept mattresses (not many thrift shops do these days because of bed-bug issues.) Her prices are decent – tops hover around the $5 mark, jewelry between 50cents – $1.
I picked up a few little items:
This fun toque will go to my owl-loving niece.
I fell in love with these earrings – I’m pretty sure the two silver ones are actually silver (I’ll know if they start to tarnish when I wear them!)
My Australia-obsessed son gets the iron-on patch. He’s also got the Brazil button for his guitar strap.
And you can’t have too many candles, in my opinion! All this came to $7.40.
The Littlest Thrift Shop is a business, not a charity shop, and I’m going to do a fuller interview with her later this week about that and about how her experience with MCC’s Kaleidoscope program informed her experience of opening the shop. I’ll update this blog when that article is online.
Until then, she’s open today – Canada Day – until 6 pm and everything is 25% off. She’s got hot-dogs and gift-basket raffles, all of which support the Elizabeth Fry Society, which supports criminalized and marginalized women. Go support a young woman’s dream-come-true!