The Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary Thrift Store
Our Thrift Shop is located at 5693 Cowrie Street in Sechelt.
The Thrift Store is open for shopping Tuesday through Saturday 10-3. Donations can be dropped at the store Monday through Saturday 10-1 and Sunday 10-12 unless we have a sign out saying we are full. Check ahead of time to avoid disappointment – 604-885-4686
Masks, social distancing and the use of hand sanitizers is required. A maximum of 24 people are now allowed in the store.
Donations will be accepted only at the back doors.
You provide us with beautiful and amazing items to resell. To help us we request that you:
- Bring only clean, freshly laundered saleable clothing and household items
- Because we have limited storage space for donations, we ask that you restrict the amount you are donating at one time to 2 bags or boxes.
The health and safety of our volunteers and customers is most important to us. We have new policies and procedures in place to comply with BC Public Health Orders:
- Masks are required at all times
- Sanitize your hands before entering
- Respect a minimum of 2 meters distancing
- 24 customers only at a time
- Please limit your shopping time to 15 minutes
Our community donates goods to the shop generously and faithfully.
- As a result our task of sorting and pricing is never ending.
- It takes many hands to keep on top of the work.
- As much as possible we recycle items that we can’t use.
Items Accepted at Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary Thrift Shop:
- Clean, stain-free clothing and footwear
- Clean household items
- Books in good condition
- Clean and working small hand-held appliances and electronics
- Good condition home decor and seasonal items
- Clean, complete games and toys
- Good condition pet products
- Good condition DVDs and music CDs
- Craft and knitting supplies
- Pictures and lamps
- Curtains, bedding, towels, etc.
- Jewellery, collectibles and antiques
- Luggage and golf bags
Items Not Accepted at Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary Thrift Shop:
- Children’s equipment such as cribs, highchairs, strollers, baby car seats
- Furniture of any kind
- Encyclopedias, text books, hardcover books and magazines
- We request you take Medical Items to the Loan Cupboard at the Hospital
If in doubt, feel free to call us during working hours to clarify acceptability of items 604-885-4686.
We so appreciate your support!
Please do not dump furniture as we have to pay for it to be taken away!
A Brief History of the Thrift Store
The St. Mary’s Hospital Society opened the Thrift Store building in September 1981. The Society and its board of directors had responsibility for the operation of the hospital. It also received bequests and donations and invested the money.
The St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary operated a Thrift Store out of an old house on the site of the present Store. The house and property had been donated to the Society from an estate. The Society commissioned a local architect and a builder to design and build a new structure, which would house a thrift store and a commercial enterprise. The house was torn down and a new building erected.
The Thrift Store space was sufficient for the auxiliary for many years. The commercial area was mainly leased by fast food outlets of which there were several over the years. In the early 90s, when the fast food outlet’s lease ran out, the Thrift Store was expanded to its present configuration.
In the mid 90s the government of the day created Health Authorities and disbanded Hospital Societies. The St. Mary’s Hospital Society Board was concerned that their assets would be taken over by the government and so they formed a Hospital Foundation and transferred the society’s assets to the foundation. This included the Thrift Store building. The foundation then became the Thrift Store’s landlord.
When the Health Authority came into effect and the foundation was formed it was expected that the Auxiliary would fold into the foundation and all monies made by the auxiliary would go to the foundation for dispersal. The auxiliary would have a seat at the foundation director’s table. The auxiliary executive of the day would not take what they saw as a secondary role in decisions around where their hard earned money would go and would not sign off. Their will eventually prevailed and today they are proud to be a partner with the foundation in providing money for the betterment of the hospital and health care in the community. The Sunshine Coast Health Care Auxiliary is one of only a few auxiliaries independent of a foundation in the province.