It has been a little while, but Eckville will soon have a new thrift store.
The store, run by the Eckville Charitable Society, will have it’s grand opening on Sept. 15 from 10-4 p.m.
According to Verna Clark, a member of the Charitable Society, the idea of a thrift store came after a recent garage sale held at The Manor.
“The garage sale went over really well, but we still had a lot left over,” Clark explained in a recent interview with the Eckville Echo. “So we just sort of decided it would be a good idea [to open a thrift store].”
While there has been a rumour the new thrift store is operated by The Manor, Clark says that isn’t true. However, a lot of the money raised through the thrift store will be donated to The Manor.
All proceeds raised through the store will be put back into the community through the Charitable Society.
One example of where some proceeds may go is to the local play school, according to Clark.
“All funds will go to either The Manor or another local charitable organization. It will all stay local,” said Clark.
The store is a new way for the Eckville Charitable Society to raise money.
Clark also sees the addition of a thrift store in Eckville as beneficial to the community.
It is a great place to find items for the home and family while on a budget.
Clark says it will be especially good for single mothers on a tight budget.
“It is more of a service to the community, I think.”
Currently, the store has lots of items available, but Clark says they are short on children’s clothing.
She says there is room in the store for some home goods, clothes and toys, but what is really needed at the moment is children’s clothes.
There are a few items the store cannot physically take in, due to the size of the location. Clark says the thrift store cannot take large items. That means no furniture.
“We can take the names of people wanting to donate furniture and send those looking for new furniture to them, but we can’t actually take it into the store. We just don’t have the room,” Clark said.
The store also will not take in children’s car seats. This is due to the regulations behind them. According to Clark, the store’s insurance won’t allow for car seats to be donated.
Anyone with items to donate are asked to do so during store hours. Clark says to bring donated items into the store, and to not leave them on the street.
The Eckville Thrift Store is open on Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located next to the bottle depot.