The words “second-hand” have been a part of my vocabulary for as long as I can remember. I grew up with hand-me-downs and things my mom bought at the local Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Thrift Shop. When I began earning my own money, it was just natural that I would shop there as well. I still have the very first item I bought with my own money over 25 years ago: an over-sized, man’s sweater. You can read more about that in my first blog.

Why “Thrift Shopper for Peace”? For me, thrift is more than a shopping option, it is a lifestyle. It is active peacemaking. Thrift shopping supports the environment, volunteerism in the community, charity at home and abroad. It creates a level shopping ground for people of all income levels. When I donate and purchase at a thrift shop I’m keeping things out of a land-fill – making peace with the environment. When I volunteer, I am part of a community of people that I might not interact with otherwise – making peace in my community. When I support a charity (by donating, purchasing and volunteering) I am helping to build peace at home and around the world. Supporting a shop that enables people of all income levels to own things of value is, to me, a peace value as well. And it doesn’t hurt that you save a ton of money when you shop thrift.

I live with my husband and son in Abbotsford. I worked for Mennonite Central Committee in BC as the writer in the communications department for 17 years; so I’m naturally biased towards MCC Thrift Shops and when I make my donations, it’s usually there. But I’m not exclusive. I’ll shop at any thrift shop and one of my favourite things to do when I travel is to find out where the thrift shops are and visit them. I’ll share some of my finds on this blog. I hope that what is shared on this blog will be of encouragement and value to all who read it. Looking forward to your ideas too – post on my blogs or email me at thrift4peace at gmail.com

21 Responses to About

  1. Shannon says:

    Thanks for your comment on my blog entry! I’m glad to find your blog as well! Looking forward to reading about your scores.


  2. I totally agree with your philosophy about thrifting. Happy to have found your blog!

  3. wyndsonfarm says:

    I was googling thrift shops in Oliver, and came across your blog. Kind of cool to find out that you also live in Abbotsford:) I was just in the MCC Abby East shop yesterday, spent a whole 50 cents on a bread knife. We have bought a tiny vacation/try it out for retirement…. house in Oliver. I visited the hospital thrift store there a couple of weeks ago, bought a bread box. Will have to make a trip to Osoyoos the next time we go. There is also at least one thrift store in Okanagan Falls, 15 min. north of Oliver. Hubby bought some jeans there:) Even if I buy something at a thrift store, and then decide I didn’t really need it, I don’t mind. Know the money is going to a good cause, and just donate it back again so that it can be sold again.

    • we just discovered the okanagan falls shop last year – after years and years of going to the tickleberries icecream place – but it was closed. hopefully this year we’ll get a chance to check that out. oliver is a lovely little community. my sister would love to retire there as well!

  4. Andrea says:

    what hours are you guys open till?

  5. Dave says:

    would you kindly tell me about the wallet that you found? located on page:

    “I’m just paranoid of having my cards fall out of my wallet unbeknownst to me. It’s not that easy to find a wallet that fits this bill – even new. So I was so pleased when I found this one, in great shape, for $2.50.”

    I just purchased a new cell phone and like the wallet, extra slots for cards etc.. if you have any info. on the make, company, I would appreciate insight. – Thank You – DW

    • hi dave, i’ve been on holidays for the last couple of weeks and will get back to you on the make of the wallet when i get back tomorrow. thanks!

      • okay, so i’m home and i’ve checked the wallet and oddly enough, it has no brand marking on it anywhere! it makes me think that it must have been purchased at a place like Bentley or perhaps a department store. sorry i couldn’t be more helpful!

  6. ThriftDeeT says:

    I was so excited to find your blog! Thank you so much for linking me in your sidebar. Your blog is amazing! I have been reading through it all morning. Happy thrifting!

  7. A. I. Sajib says:

    Nice blog here! Have you been living in Bangladesh lately? Just wondering.

  8. sankoji says:

    I’m a recent transplant to BC who was googling local thrift stores and came across your blog. What a great find! We live in Richmond, and I adore the thrift stores in Steveston, particularly the hospital thrift store.

    I have to ask – have you been to the Delta Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store in Ladner? This is by far the best thrift store I’ve found in terms of selection/price combined. It’s in a little strip mall in Ladner next to an amazing bakery, and they have enough items so that they have three disparate stores – housewares/toys/small items, clothing and furniture/large items/outdoor equipment. Some of my best finds there have included a small lamp ($2), a wall painting ($3 or 4, I think?) and a Hoover wet/dry dustbuster ($3), but I seriously never leave empty-handed. The volunteers are lovely – they must have around 20+ volunteers there at any one time – and they are constantly putting new items on the shelves.

    It’s definitely worth a visit…but make sure you go any day other than a Monday, since the bakery next door is closed Sun-Mon. 🙂

  9. Nice to find your blog. Really good deals you got at those thrift shops. Wish can find more great deals like that at thrift shops in Malaysia. Especially now I am experimenting on Living with Minimum Wage in Malaysia , definitely need to find more bargains.

  10. I love your blog…..thank you for all your research and dedication.
    Much appreciation!

  11. hey angelika! I see you’ve already got one, but just wanted to let you know i nominated you for a liebster award 🙂 you can click https://joelwatchesmovies.wordpress.com/2015/12/04/liebster-award-nomination/ to see my post for it if you want!

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