The Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary Thrift Store

Our Thrift Shop is located at 5693 Cowrie Street in Sechelt.
We are “OPEN” Tuesday to Saturday 10AM – 3:00PM. Drop by for a visit and browse.
  • It is the main fundraising arm of the auxiliary.
  • Staffed totally by volunteers from the membership of all six branches.
  • Our loyal customers all value their shopping experience with us, coming back time and time again.

Most volunteers work three hours a week and some come in for the whole day.

  • The morning shift is from 9-12 and the afternoon shift is from 12-3.
  • Crews work Monday to Sunday, so if you are an auxiliary member you can pick your day.
  • You can call the Day Manager at the shop if you’d like to work a weekday or check with your branch’s Thrift shop rep to sign up for your branch’s Saturday shift.
  • If you are not yet an auxiliary member, click on the contact us link and join the branch nearest to you.
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:
  • Clothing , all clean, usable clothes and shoes
  • Craft and knitting supplies
  • Pictures, lamps and lighting supplies
  • Housewares including dishes, glasses, ornaments, etc.
  • Small appliances, small working radios
  • Curtains, bedding, towels, etc.
  • Luggage and sports equipment (not sports safety equipment)
  • Jewelry and collectibles
  • Books need to be fairly recent, in good shape and mold free, no stinky books!
  • Magazines can only be a maximum of 2 years old preferably unless they are collectible
  • Luggage, golf bags and hand bags
  • Electronics
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
If in doubt, feel free to call us during working hours to clarify acceptability of items 885-4686.

We so appreciate your support!

Please do not dump furniture near our dumpster as it costs US money to have it 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.