In my last blog post, I shared the adventures of the Vancouver Airport Chapel thrift store which is actually in Richmond. It was a new adventure but that day began with a return to a few Steveston second hand shops I had visited before.
This store has a fun, old-world feel to it. The shop is clean and things are nicely displayed, focused primarily on vintage household items, linens, knickknacks and furniture pieces.
Next door to the General Store is the Village Books and Coffeehouse bookstore and coffee shop (shouldn’t those two things always go together?) where we each picked up a book. Anyone read this? I don’t often buy a book without any recommendation but this seemed intriguing.
Side note: We bought tea. Mine was awesome, Benita’s was awful – but we were warned about that. It was a cold medication tea that had a Buckley’s quality to it and since Benita was fighting a cold she thought she’d try it. It lived up to its billing but it seemed to work!
We had fish and chips at Dave’s (of course) and then headed to my other favourite thrift store in Steveston: the Richmond Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store – 3920 Moncton Street, Richmond.
Housed in an old church building the quirkiest thing about this store is the sloping floors. This photo is taken straight on – see how the clothing racks slope and lean into the wall? You really have to fight gravity if you want to look at things on these racks!
Benita pulled this t-shirt off the rack for my son Aaron – we are all in rehearsals for an upcoming Good Friday Blues service, so this t-shirt seemed fitting, especially since the House of Blues was established in 1992, the year of Aaron’s birth.
And since John and I are headed back to Scotland this year, I couldn’t resist the Glasgow Underground. We have no idea what it sounds like – but isn’t that the best thing about thrift? You’re willing to take a chance on something when it’s only 50 cents. If I don’t like it, I’ll re-donate it to another thrift shop where some huge Glasgow Underground fan will be thrilled to find it.
Which thrift shops do you revisit? What draws you back?