Last month, my sweetheart and I took a much needed break to beautiful Vancouver Island. We spent time hiking in forests, walking on beaches, trying local beers and spirits, and, of course, thrift shopping.
I revisited a little shop with a clever name in Comox: Too Good To Be Threw. I visited this shop back in 2013 – or at least, I visited the shop that existed on 6th street. That shop was damaged in a fire in January 2019 and although they are hoping to return to that location, they are still in process. In the meantime, they have two locations and I visited the one on Puntledge St.
First, I was impressed by the COVID protocols in place. The shop is tiny compared to the original, so only 12 customers in the store at a time. A friendly volunteer greeted me and engaged me in conversation while I waited to get in. They also had a table of odds and ends outside for waiting customers to explore.
One of the challenges of thrift shops in a time of COVID is the inability to try clothing on, so I have found that I have not purchased much by way of clothing since the pandemic began. But I did find something to spend my pennies on. The Airbnb we were staying in had a huge TV and lots of movies but none we really wanted to watch. So we purchased two here: one we’d already seen (Devil Wears Prada) and one we’d read about but not seen (Manchester by the Sea). Both were in great condition and while they are wildly different movies, both were excellent. We love a good story, well told, by good actors.
This shop supports the Comox Valley Transition Society, which offers services to women and children fleeing violence. If you’re in the area, it’s worth your visit and your support!