Tag Archives: charity

They’re Baaaaack!

After months of closure and isolation, thrift shops are back in business, bringing in much needed funds for the charities they support. And thrift shoppers are ecstatic. Yesterday, as I waited in line to go into the MCC Centre Thrift … Continue reading

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Festival Finds

One of my favourite events of the year happened this weekend: the MCC Festival for World Relief. This is where thousands of people gather at the Tradex to eat, bid, buy, donate and visit all in support of MCC’s work … Continue reading

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Bangladesh – what have we learned?

When you treat workers as cheap labor it’s difficult to care for them. The long term solution to this is simply responsible entrepreneurship – Nazma Akhter, president of the Sommilito Garments Sramik Federation (Union of Garment Workers Association) A year … Continue reading

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Thrift and Auctions

There are two ways to do a charity auction – live and silent – and while I’ve had limited experience with live auctions, I’m noticing a growing trend with thrift shops and Silent Auctions A number of thrift shops that … Continue reading

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Portland Pseudo-thrift

Last week I told you about our trip to Portland and promised that I’d share some more about “thrift” shops in that lovely city. A really helpful woman at the downtown info centre suggested two thrift shops: the Goodwill on … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Soles

My sister and I are both avid thrift shoppers. Last week, we both bought shoes – me at Value Village in Abbotsford and she in Salvation Army in Kelowna. Here’s Benita’s shoes: Merrell in mint condition. Here’s mine: Josef Seibel, … Continue reading

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Contrasts in Courtenay

Contrasts in Courtenay Last week I wrote about the Black Creek MCC World Relief Fair and my fun in their Rummage Sale tent. The weather that weekend was crazy – torrential rain that turned into glorious sunshine – which lasted … Continue reading

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Rummaging for a Good Cause

If you’ve read my “About” section, you’ll know that I work for the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) – the relief, development and peace organization of the Anabaptist Mennonite churches in North America. MCC works in more than 50 countries worldwide, … Continue reading

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Disappointment in Victoria

While in Victoria earlier this month, I revisited a few thrift shops I visited in previous trips there. It was largely disappointing. I visited three shops: The Salvation Army on Johnson St., the Beacon Community Services thrift shop on Pandora, … Continue reading

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12 Days of Thrift-hearted Giving – Day 6: Got Goats?

By this time, you will probably all have already seen a half dozen or more Christmas catalogues from various organizations: World Vision, Salvation Army, Food for the Hungry, Mennonite Central Committee, to name a few. The idea behind the catalogue … Continue reading

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