The second anniversary of the Elk Valley Thrift Store (EVTS) was on Dec. 12, with door prizes, refreshments and baking being offered in conjunction with the event. The store carries a variety of items.
“There were six door prizes but the ‘big’ prize was for a completely decorated Christmas Tree, with a $100.00 value, won by a lady named Donna,” said Katrin Taylor, a volunteer and manager of the EVTS.
“The EVTS carries pretty much everything, from clothing, sports gear, books, kitchen wares, electronics, crafting supplies, home decor and much more,” said Taylor. “We cater to anyone and everyone.”
This year has brought some positive memories for the shop.
“We expanded our shop which has made it possible to carry more inventory. The EKCCU [East Kootenay Community Credit Union] donated a van to us in the spring, which has been a huge help. This year Christmas Store was a huge success, we pretty much sold out in two weeks,” said Taylor.
The thrift store has recycled over 30 tonnes of textiles this year. All recycling payouts were put into the causes that the thrift store supports.
“This year alone we have sent over 36,000 lbs. to our Vancouver Textile Recycling Plant, thus, saving 18 tons from our local landfill. We were also paid $7,000 for our efforts, which, of course, was donated directly back to one of our causes,” said Taylor.
The store has donated over $80,000 this year and has helped more than 50 separate groups and individuals within the valley.
“We are going to set our goals high for 2016 and hope to donate over $100,000. This will be made possible by donations from the public and the super-dedicated volunteers of the EVTS.”