Thrifters (and anyone looking for some good deals or unique finds) are invited to check out six thrift stores in Burnaby and New Westminster that are taking part in the return of the Burnaby/New West Thrift Store Crawl. In addition to finding some deals, shoppers will also be supporting a wide variety of local causes.
The folks at BASES Family Thrift Store launched the thrift Store Crawl in July 2018 as a way of bringing customers into the stores – and increasing public awareness about the causes they support, and showing how they’re giving back to the local community.
How to participate:
After picking up a stamp card from any of the participating stores, shoppers will visit all six stores and get their card stamped. Once the card is filled up, they can drop it off at their favourite thrift store.
Did someone say prizes?
Folks who submit completed stamp cards will be entered to win gift baskets from their favourite stores (valued at about $20) as well as the grand prize – a chance to win a $20 gift certificate from every store that’s taking part in this year’s event.
Which stores are participating?
* BASES Family Thrift Store, 7825 Edmonds St., Burnaby. It works to support children, youth and families by funding programs and activities in Burnaby and New Westminster schools. (www.basesburnaby.ca)
* BC SPCA Thrift Store, 708 Sixth St., New West. BC SPCA thrift stores, which are all privately owned and operated, contribute a percentage of their annual income to the SPCA in an effort to help make a difference in the lives of animals. (www.spca.bc.ca).
* Burnaby Hospice Society Thrift Store, 6843 Kingsway, Burnaby. The society is a not-for-profit organization that provides services to individuals and families going through the end-of-life journey and supports individuals who are in palliative or hospice care, along with their families and caregivers. (www.burnabyhospice.org).
* RCH Auxiliary New to You Thrift Store, 706 Sixth Ave., New West. The Royal Columbian Hospital Auxiliary raises money to purchase hospital equipment that enhances care for patients at Royal Columbian Hospital.(www.rchfoundation.com/spotlight-on-auxiliary)
* St. Barnabas Thrift Store, 1010 Fifth Ave., New West. Revenues from the store help St Barnabas Anglican Church provide a variety of outreach programs, such as meal programs and a Christmas dinner. (www.stbarnabasparish.ca/thrift-store)
* Treasure Chest Thrift Store, 435 Sixth St., New West. It raises money to support the programs and services of Canadian Mental Health Association, Vancouver Fraser branch. (https://vancouver-fraser.cmha.bc.ca/)