(Please see my corrected information regarding A Common Place Cafe in bold print below!)
Ok. In June I blogged about the Shoard Thrift Shop on the isle of Whalsay, the one about which Scots speak in “hushed tones” because it’s the “mother lode of thrift shops.” Well. If those same Scots came to Abbotsford and stepped into the new MCC Centre Thrift Shop, their heads would explode.
Like almost ridiculously huge.
You need binoculars to see from one end of the shop to the other. Clearly this is a thrift shopper’s paradise. A zillion square feet of second-hand items, all available at reasonable prices and supporting a good cause. Yesterday was their grand opening and they brought in $15,000. Yes. You read that correctly. I know, right?
There’s a huge furniture section, miles and miles of household goods and tools, tons of clothes, books, toys, CDs, vinyl, electronics, DVDs and videos, shoes… you name it, it is probably there. It’s just that it might take you a week to find it because did I mention IT’S HUGE? All I can say is I feel sorry for the volunteers who have to traverse back and forth over the zillion square feet to restock shelves. Wear sturdy shoes, people (that goes for you shoppers too.) Or maybe they should get golf carts…
They’ve already figured out that it’s going to take you a day to shop there, so they’ve planned a café as well – the Common Place Café (great name) – so you can find sustenance before you go back in and tackle the other half of the shop. CORRECTED INFORMATION REGARDING A COMMON PLACE CAFE: earlier I said that the Cafe was strictly a rental but this was incorrect. A Common Place Cafe operates as an ancillary service in the MCC Centre providing a place for staff, volunteers, customers and the public to enjoy a meal. Net proceeds from the Cafe do indeed support the work of MCC. Yay!
When you visit, be sure to peek into the Quilting Shop where the quilters are hard at work creating works of art. You’ll also want to stop in at Ten Thousand Villages and shop fair trade – all the stuff you didn’t find in the thrift shop.
The new MCC Centre also houses MCC BC’s administration offices, Mennonite Foundation offices and MCC’s Material Resource Centre where they gather items to be shipped overseas. It is located at 33933 Gladys Avenue in Abbotsford. Make a day of it – you’ll need it.