The Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary Thrift Store
Our Thrift Shop is located at 5693 Cowrie Street in Sechelt.
The store will now be open from 10 am to 3 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Donations of 2 bags OR 2 boxes will be accepted Monday through Saturday 10am – 1pm, Sunday 10am – 12 noon.
The health and safety of our volunteers and customers is most important to us. We have new policies and procedures in place and we ask for your patience in observing these:
Please bear with us as we figure out our new normal, store will be limited to 12 customers, try to limit your shopping to 15 or 20 minutes to allow your fellow shoppers to get in.
1. Sanitize your hands before entering
2. Respect distancing and directional floor markings
3. 12 customers at a time
4. Due to the above, please limit your time to 20 minutes
5. Shop with your eyes and limit touching
6. Bags that have been isolated for a minimum of 72 hours are available for your use
7. We encourage customers to wear masks
8. Only one family member allowed in the store
9. Change rooms are closed
Thank you for holding onto your donations. As noted above we can receive these on Wednesday and Sunday. A volunteer will accept them in the back parking lot as they have to be isolated for 72 hours before we process them.
You provide us with beautiful and amazing items to resell. To help us we request that you:
1. Bring only clean, freshly laundered saleable clothing and household items
2. Because we have limited storage space for donations, we ask that you restrict the amount you are donating at one time.
3. We are not accepting seasonal items (Christmas, Easter, Halloween etc.)
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
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.