There was an air of excitement this week as the St. David’s Anglican and United Church thrift shop on Columbia Avenue re-opened following two weeks of renovations.
A new carpet, additional shelving and a fresh coat of paint have transformed the shop into a brightly lit, spacious new shopping experience. Funds for the renovation came from shop sales over the last four years.
Castlegar Mayor Lawrence Chernoff was on hand to cut the ribbon and tour the shop, acknowledging its importance to those in our community who are looking for second hand, good quality items at reasonable prices.
“They did a lot of work in that building and it’s all neat and tidy,” the mayor said. “The ladies there have been working really hard as well as the other volunteers, it’s impressive to me.”
“The prices are right and they offered to sell me some clothes there, but they weren’t the right fit,” Chernoff laughed.
Mayor Chernoff said the thrift shop is busier than ever and they could really use any extra hands down there.
The thrift shop would like to offer a big thanks to all the volunteers and the business community who made the renovations possible.
Income from the thrift shop is split between the two churches and helps support the Food Bank and Drop In Centre, the Soup Kitchen, the Women’s Shelter, Hospice and other community groups as well as enabling the churches to respond to emergency appeals both at home and overseas.