The Thrift Store celebrated the contribution of their volunteers on Monday, June 18th at the Sechelt Indian Band Hall.

Approximately 120 attended and enjoyed a delicious lunch of pasta, chicken and salad catered by Shift Restaurant. A choice of two yummy cakes were served as dessert. Members cheerfully provided their own plate, cutlery and mug in an effort to reduce waste.

Both Karen Noon, Thrift Store Chair and Carole Murray, Auxiliary President, thanked the assembled volunteers and quoted some amazing statistics on recent accomplishments. The renovation of the store last year was a much needed improvement for the comfort and safety of customers and volunteers. This year, we have reached out to our community with revamped gift vouchers, donation of clothing and household goods either by referral, through the Emergency Service Program. Payment options now include credit card and tap, with phone transfer yet to come. The website, Facebook, Varage Sale and Craigslist are being used to advertise and sell. A building contingency fund has been established and work on air conditioning has begun. Our Thrift Store has the highest gross profit per square foot and highest daily transaction count on the coast. The biggest day was a recent Tuesday at $3,300, biggest month, May 2018 at $48,000. It is estimated the store will gross approximately $550,000 this fiscal year.

The proprietors of the Rainforest Compassion Club in Gibsons, explained their program of supplying their 1000 members with access to carefully cultivated and monitored cannabis products to reduce symptoms of pain and anxiety. There were many thought-provoking questions from the floor and a heart-felt personal testimonial to the value of the product.

Following lunch, Donna, Martina and Maureen, from the Gift Shop, presented a fabulous demonstration on the various methods of tying scarves as neck wear, carry bags, vests, pants and cover ups.

Next up was a wonderful fashion show presented by an enthusiastic group of volunteers who proudly “strutted their stuff” in outfits all purchased at the Thrift Store. Fran Miller and Warren Jones, (also looking dapper in Thrift Store duds), provided a lively commentary.

Everyone was presented with a hand crocheted book mark/fashion accessory provided by Vivian Haynes with the assistance of Merilee Baldock. Many lucky volunteers went home with great door prizes and a good time was had by all.

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