Elk Valley Thrift Shop expands

The volunteer-run thrift shop in Sparwood that has donated thousands back into the community recently acquired more space.

The volunteer-run thrift shop in Sparwood that has donated thousands back into the community recently acquired more space.

The Elk Valley Thrift Shop Society (EVTS) expanded the store sideways, gaining 1,000 square feet of space, with 700 of that constituting retail space and the remaining 300 for storage.

“We have so much more room now to store even more stock that we didn’t have previously,” said EVTS volunteer Katrin Taylor. “We were so crammed in our space at the back and the retail stock that was there has now moved into this new space. With this, we’ll be able to have more stock, keep bigger-type items such as sleeping bags and tents.”

The new space is the result of a month of work from the EVTS volunteers that included knocking a wall down, painting and moving stock into the space.

“It’s been a lot of work, there’s not very many of us, but I think it turned out really nice,” said Taylor.

The EVTS is a non-profit, volunteer-run society that has sold secondhand items donated by the community, while contributing funds back into the community since its creation in December 2013.