Vintage is the new fashion forward trend and Thrift Warehouse is your new destination for unique and affordable clothing finds!
A social enterprise of SIRCH Community Services, Thrift Warehouse has been offering a variety of items to the community for more than a decade and as of this fall is now offering clothing. This is not only a bonus to our shoppers and our community, but helps keep bags and bags of waste out of our landfills every year.
Thrift Warehouse co-lead Heather Wood says that since introducing clothing at the store this past November, shoppers have been flocking to the racks and are impressed with the selection.
“We’ve been getting so many donations,” said Wood. “I am so impressed with the quality of clothing donated.”
Wood says it has been primarily men who have been buying the clothing thus far.
Derwin Barry is a big fan of the Thrift Warehouse and has bought many items at the store, from couches to rugs, clothing, towels and more.
“It’s very organized,” he says about the layout of the store. “I like the addition of clothes. I have bought clothing here, found some great winter gear, socks, even utensils for my kitchen.” The frequent shopper likes that the profits go back into the community to help fund SIRCH programs and initiatives.
“I’m happy to support Thrift Warehouse,” he says.
One shopper came into the store and purchased two faux fur coats, which she said she plans to use to make blankets and pillows, said Wood. What a great example of upcycling! Sometimes is just takes a fresh pair of eyes and some new ideas to bring life back into something. It’s like the saying goes: One mans trash is another mans treasure!
It is estimated that one bag of clothing equates to 25 pounds. Thrift has already received hundreds of bags of donated clothing. Imagine all of the space that would take up at our local landfills alone! According to the Dysart et al Waste Management department, household waste can increase more than 25 per cent during the holiday season.
It’s great to see local shopping at a time when a lot of our local dollars leave the community and profit offshore companies. The prices of items at Thrift Warehouse. are kept very reasonable to offer the community an affordable place to find necessities. “The last thing I want is for someone to come in and not be able to afford stuff,” says Wood.
As well other organizations can request free items for clients who are in need. Recently SIRCH helped a family who had been homeless for several months and finally found a place but had literally nothing to put in it. SIRCH was able to help with furniture, clothing, towels, household items and a $50 gift card.
Since the start of the pandemic, the Thrift Warehouse has seen an increase in donations, which has helped many members of the community, said store co-lead Kerri Marks. “We are seeing people struggling,” she said.
The partnership between TPS Haliburton Holdings and SIRCH (where SIRCH manages the Thrift Warehouse) SIRCH to fund some of its programs that have no base funding. In particular, the free food programs, School’s Cool, Lunch is On Us, the Repair Café, the Applesauce Project and more have benefited from Thrift Warehouse.
And in addition to getting great deals, shoppers at Thrift Warehouse can also go home with a smile knowing they it’s a win-win for them and for our community.