Thrift stores support local community

Richard Froese
For The Express

Spring is a time people clean out their closets to get rid of clothing and other used goods around the house.

Local thrift stores welcome good used items to sell with a spirit to reuse and recycle.

People on low income also shop to buy bargains who may not afford to buy top-quality good clothing and items.

Profits also support many worthy projects in the community and beyond.


Grandma’s Den Thrift Shop in Falher welcomes donations that are gently used, in good working condition and resale quality.

Grandma’s Den Thrift Shop Association operates the store downtown.

Falher Friendship Corner Association is a partner in the store.

“We receive a phenomenal amount of support from people who donate and those who buy,” FFCA executive director Carol L’Abbe says.

“Most donations come from local and surrounding communities.”

Grandma’s Den Thrift Shop Association provides work experience and training opportunities for the individuals with developmental disabilities of Falher Friendship Corner Association, she says.

“We encourage people to donate items during operational hours,” L’Abbe says.

“Most donations that are dropped off on evenings and weekends don’t make it into the store because the night hawks are always waiting in the dark ready to pounce as soon as any donations arrive after hours.”

The store is open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Funds raised help the association pay for maintenance and upkeep of the building and equipment, utilities, wages and upgrades when necessary.

Grandma’s Den accepts clothing and accessories, small electrical appliances, kitchen ware, children’s toys, baby items, jewelry, hand tools, towels, furniture, construction materials, books, videos, CDs, DVDs, video games.

For Information, phone (780) 837-2572.


Second Look Boutique downtown McLennan on Centre St. is operated by the Lakeview Pioneer Society.

“Our mission is to support local seniors and work to improve the quality of life they enjoy in our community,” president D.J. Hicks says.

“Funds are used to purchase equipment for the residents of Manoir du Lac.”

The society has supported many community and seniors projects that enhance quality of life for seniors and the community.

Second Look accepts most items, gently used.

“We are very fortunate to receive mainly quality items from our community, and the people who visit our store are generally very kind in their description of our store and its products,” Hicks says.

Many of the store volunteers support the seniors by visiting the Manoir du Lac, leading sing-alongs and taking part in their special events.

“We look at our presence in the community as an opportunity to offer a service to our supporters,” Hicks says.

“People appreciate having a place to download used goods that still have value. “The idea of supporting a local business in a small community brings pride and ownership to towns looking to support its residents.”

The store is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, phone the store at (780) 423-2422.

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