The holidays are approaching faster than ever and the days to get your shopping done are dwindling! While online shopping is one option, there are plenty of opportunities to shop locally this year and surprise your loved ones with beautifully handcrafted, one of-a-kind items. And the best part is you don’t have to hope it arrives on time!
The SIRCH Bistro & Marketplace is a new initiative that serves a variety of purposes, including supporting local entrepreneurs who are trying to build their business. Take a visit to the Marketplace and you will be amazed by the creativity and affordability of home décor items, artwork, jewelry, Christmas decorations and so much more.
Or perhaps you’re looking for that perfect stocking stuffer for that hard to shop for person on your list. The Bistro & Marketplace also serves delicious, home cooked meals Monday to Fridays. The Bistro’s daily features include healthy breakfast sandwiches, fresh made muffins, hearty soups, pizza, hot lunch entrees and our popular Korean meals. For the holidays we are offering lunch tickets at a cost of $10 (with a $14 value) that include a yummy hot lunch, coffee or tea, and a freshly baked treat. Now that’s value!
Funds from the sale of the items in the Bistro & Marketplace support initiatives of SIRCH like Lunch is On Us and the Community Kitchen frozen prepared meal program. The Marketplace also supports local creators and entrepreneurs. As the old adage goes, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
The Bistro & Marketplace is located at 49 Maple Ave., Haliburton. Hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30-3. We hope to see you there.
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.
There were lineups, smiles and even happy dances when SIRCH Community Services hosted its annual Share The Warmth giveaway in Haliburton, Minden and Bancroft last month.
The winter coat drive gives away warm winter gear for free to anyone in the community. This year hundreds of coats, snow pants, mitts, hats, gloves, scarves and much more were donated to the initiative and organized by a group of dedicated volunteers and STW coordinator Becca Anderson.
“One lady made a point of coming to me the Tuesday following the event, just to thank us for keeping her warm this winter,” said Mary Ellen Coughlan, who helped organize the Bancroft giveaway. She added a young boy did a happy dance when they found him a coat, ski pants, mitts, hat and scarf for the winter. “His father’s work has been shut down since the beginning of Covid,” said Mary Ellen.
The Bancroft giveaway saw more than 80 people come out and pick up items. More than 140 coats were distributed, nearly 100 hats, almost 80 pairs of mitts and much more!
In Haliburton and Minden it was a similar story with Becca reporting more than 110 coats were distributed between the two locations. Other items that were given out included 56 hats, 83 pairs of mitts, 24 pairs of boots, and 21 sweaters. Many of the items distributed were for children.
Becca said those that picked up items were filled with gratitude and shared those feelings.
“I remember one mother of four saying thank you for your help,” said Becca. “[She said] I was hoping this program would happen again this year. I rely on it every year to keep my children warm.”
Another person remarked that the event saved their family hundreds of dollars that they didn’t have.
SIRCH estimates that the giveaway equates to approximately $11,340 worth of winter wear that was distributed for free to the community. This was done through the kindness of everyone who donated, a team of hardworking volunteers and a community that cares.