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New thrift shop to benefit Edmonds-area schools
With Burnaby's Value Village set to close in the future to make way for redevelopment of its Edmonds-area property, a new thrift store is readying to fill the void.
Burnaby Association for South East Side (BASES) Family Thrift Store is scheduled to open Oct. 1 at a long-vacant former car lot at 7666 Kingsway.
BASES formed in 2010 to assist at-risk children and families in the Edmonds area, home to a large number of new immigrants, refugees and low-income families.
Proceeds from the thrift store will go towards programs at area schools such as breakfast and after-school programs, sports, music, arts and summer camps.
"Hopefully they won't have to keep looking for grants, spending all that time and energy," said Peggy Woodruff, treasurer for BASES.
Woodruff, who used to work in educational publishing, has been consulting with other area thrift stores, and even did a volunteer stint at the Burnaby Hospice Society's thrift store to learn the ropes.
She learned that clothing is the biggest seller and that you need just as much space to sort donated merchandise as you do to display it.
Operators of the other stores also pointed out their greatest concern would be that BASES' shop might take away from their own donation bases.
Keeping that in mind, Woodruff said BASES will hold donation drives mainly through area schools and has identified an unfilled niche it can specialize in—work clothes and gear such as work boots and hardhats.
She said she's confident there's enough donated goods to go around as some of the stores have had to restrict donations from time to time because they get more than they can handle.
They can also receive some unusual goods, such as the bullet-proof vest she showed off to a reporter in their receiving area.
Woodruff also hopes to form an association of area thrift shops so they can work together to attract more people from outside the neighbourhood, by holding sales on the same day, for example.
"Maybe this could be a hub for thrift-store shopping. People do a circuit, they do all the stores in a neighbourhood."
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