This week’s find:
FIND the thrift store they line up for
Insiders know that “St. Vinny’s” is the local patron saint of cool, which explains the frequent lineups outside…
Wellington Village neighbours have always know that the St. Vincent de Paul shop on Wellington West at Harmer Avenue is a pretty remarkable place. But it seems like the word is really starting to get around! Lineups at the door are becoming a more and more common sight at Ottawa’s most talked-about thrift shop.
A few eager patrons line up before the doors open each morning, but you’ll also find people lined up around the block on Wellington St. West when the items in artfully curated window displays go on sale every few weeks.
Whether the theme is music, winter sports, Canadiana or more, the much-coveted items often draw hopeful shoppers in the middle of the night for the first-come, first served sale. Though be forewarned! Even if you don’t leave with that one-of-a-kind treasure, the friendly staff and folks you meet in line will definitely leave you with a unique story to tell!
They come looking for the ordinary items like clothing, footwear, games, books and housewares. But they also line up for the extraordinary – even eccentric – offerings like giant ceramic animals, vintage handbags, game-worn NHL jerseys and quality musical instruments. You really never know what weird and wonderful things you’ll find!
Part of the shop’s appeal lies in the fact that the Wellington West and surrounding communities are eager to drop off donations close to home. Occasionally, rare or valuable items are donated; these are sold in the store’s boutique section or by auction, according to Jim Milinovich, assistant to the executive director.
All shoppers benefit from the generosity of donors, as do the many people in need that frequent St. Vincent de Paul. In fact, the store donates anywhere from five to thirteen thousand dollars’ worth of goods each month. It takes an army of volunteers to keep things humming there, and more help is always needed, notes Jim.
Savvy thrift shoppers from across Eastern Ontario make their way to St. Vincent de Paul on a regular basis, helping the store achieve its self-proclaimed mission of turning a second hand into a helping hand.
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