My sweetheart and I recently visited Salt Spring Island for the first time. It’s hard to believe that we’ve been on nearly every other gulf island but not the biggest one! It’s a beautiful place that lived up to its reputation of being a hippy-haven, filled with super creative craftspeople, artists and artisans, great organic food and gorgeous seaside vistas.
We took advantage of a BC Ferries deal (I get the e-newsletter but you can also check out their regular promotions here) and stayed three nights in a rustic cottage place called Green Acres Resort (“resort” is pushing it). The cottage was on St. Mary’s Lake and was well situated for us to go exploring. We went on a hike every day, visited the famous Saturday Market, drank Salt Spring Island beer, cider, and gin, and of course, visited thrift shops.
For a small island, I was impressed that they have two thrift shops and a consignment store. I didn’t visit the consignment place but hit both thrift shops. Here’s the scoop:
Transitions Thrift Store
This is right in Ganges (the main village on the island) and is tucked in behind the main drag. Transitions supports Island Woman Against Violence, supporting crisis services to women and children on the gulf islands.
Everything was clean, no stains on clothes, lots of name-brand things. Volunteers seemed to know a lot of the customers, which always tells me something about the character of a place. I didn’t find anything for myself here but that’s just thrifting sometimes.
Lady Minto Thrift Store
This shop was a little bit outside of Ganges, closer to where we were staying. Lady Minto supports the hospital auxiliary and is staffed by nearly 60 volunteers. It was a hoppin’ place when we stopped by on Saturday afternoon.
The store is a little larger than Transitions and while it didn’t have the same kind of character that Transitions had, it had lots of good quality products on display. I did come away with a couple of things:
This golf skort by Puma, in perfect condition, only $2
This Jessica tank just a buck. I love the keyhole detail.
If I lived on Salt Spring I’d definitely frequent these two shops both for their contents and the good causes they support. Have you ever been to Salt Spring? What’s your favourite part?