Info For Seniors: Volunteers ready to meet demand for thrift shopping

Thrifting in Canada is on the rise and that sure makes the volunteers at Community Care’s Thrift Shop happy. They are ready and willing to serve customers. They are also willing to meet, greet, and offer gracious thanks to the many donors that drop off the most amazing items. In selling those items, Community Care can help seniors live at home.

A market research company (IBISWorld) reports that there are many success factors for used goods and clothing stores. The most important for the used goods stores are: attractive product presentation; ability to control stock on hand; ensuring pricing policy is appropriate.

Community Care’s volunteers give special attention to these and many other factors and that’s what you’ll notice when you enter the Thrift Shop at 153 Main Street in Picton. The goal is to strike the balance between pricing goods at a rate that honours the donor and yet gives a good bargain to the buyer. We constantly monitor the pricing of other local thrift shops to be sure we’re on target.

Community Care is always recruiting new volunteers as well. There are more seniors to help and more things to be done. At the present time, we have lots of room for more volunteers at the Thrift Shop. We can even accommodate volunteers who are away for several weeks a year (some are snowbirds) so don’t let that stop you from putting your name forward.

Stop in at 153 Main Street and ask the volunteers about their experiences in the shop. They will happily share with you the great time they have giving their time in this way. These volunteers will encourage you to come to the office and apply. We have a thrift shop orientation session coming up so we’re anxious to recruit new volunteers. There’s a spot for you.

Donate your used items

Take your good used items to the Thrift Shop, 153 Main Street, Picton, Mondays 1-4 p.m. and Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4:00pm. Call the thrift shop for more information at 613-476-1555. Like the thrift shop on Facebook, search for Community Care’s Thrift Shop.

Gift giving

If the senior on your list is already on ours (our client list that is) then you can pay for meals or rides on their account. What a wonderful gift to give them…the gift of independence.

Community Care also has gift certificates for our thrift shop. You need to come to the office to buy these, rather than the thrift shop.

Another idea is to make a donation to Community Care for Seniors in honour of a friend or family member. For donations of $20.00 or more, Community Care will send a lovely greeting card to the recipient, acknowledging your donation and that you have honoured them in this way. Call the office at 613-476-7493 to find out more.

-Debbie MacDonald Moynes