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Chance the thrill of thrift

Virden's three thrift stores hold bargains and surprises.

Virden’s three thrift stores have persisted through a tough year, providing an interesting way to recycle and a great place to browse.

Are you sorting and cleaning up during the cold months? Someone may love what you no longer need.

Nearly new barbecue tools, golf clubs, good reads, or a fancy shirt may be found at local thrift stores. It’s up to chance, so the more you go, the more likely you’ll score a find. Surprises are part of what makes thrift shopping interesting.

I saw a post on a thrift shop Facebook page passing along a charitable idea. When you want to bless someone with a casserole or cookies, for hassle-free giving (and receiving), drop by the thrift store and get a casserole dish or cookie canister for a buck or two. It becomes part of the gift.  

Got a birthday coming up? Why not buy a small picture frame to hold a quaint card of your own design? The recipient might want to reuse the frame. Cash gifts also look great in a photo frame.

Rosa’s store moved next door

Val Smith moved Rosa’s Second Time Around Thrift Store into larger digs last year when the neighbouring chiropractic business moved out of the building. She’s pleased with the extra space. It has been a tough go for thrift stores since Covid hit, as Smith will admit, but she’s open at 585, 7th Ave. S. and her shop is amazing.

New To You

New To You has dressed a lot of people from near and far. The store has even supplied fashions for a fun fashion show a few years ago. Association for Community Living, a non-profit in Virden, owns and operates the business at 267, Nelson St. West. There’s kitchenware, picture frames, crafting materials, kids and baby items, books, boots and even bras. Items are displayed to catch your eye, and well sorted clothing appears to be a mainstay.

It’s All Good

It’s All Good is going strong. Owned and operated by Connie and Bud Hay, the building is for sale, but until it sells, Connie has some lovely things awaiting her customers. She rhymes: “It’s All Good is alive and well and we will remain open until we sell.” 

Check their sandwich board sign on King St. near the hospital for sale alerts.