Thrift store is ‘the heartbeat of Lumby’

The Lumby Community Thrift Store is the place to go for great deals on clothing and housewares, but it also gives back in many ways

Folks must be cleaning out closets as here at the Lumby Community Thrift Store we’ve been getting a fair amount of winter gear in donations. Thank you so much for the generosity of this community.

We have a wide selection of collectible dolls, plates and figurines, electric organs, sewing machines, binders and office sundries, crystal and china. Sometimes even we can’t believe the donations that come in — what an amazing community we have! We are your one-stop shop right here in Lumby.

Speaking of community, I was at a Lumby Health Society meeting recently and a question about CrossRoads Breakfast Program came up that I’d like to share with you. Lumby Thrift is proud and honoured to fund a hot breakfast for CrossRoads students. Janice and Bruce Mackie of our food bank go to CrossRoads every day they are open to prepare breakfast.

This has been a very rewarding endeavour; ever since we started this we have realized that students are staying longer in the classroom and finishing projects much quicker. This is a win/win opportunity for all of us and we thank Bruce and Janice wholeheartedly. As we all know, education improves the quality of life we all enjoy.

Next time you’re in our store, ask what we have been doing to improve our community — we’d be glad to tell you.

Well, local villagers and surrounding folks as far as Kelowna have expressed a desire for Lumby Thrift to be open on Saturdays and we are willing to give it a try for the month of November. To do this we really need to be closed on Sunday and Monday.

Don’t fret, though, as we will be offering our $5/grocery bag of clothing on Tuesdays. Wednesday will remain our Seniors Day with 50 per cent off on most purchases and the last Friday of every month is $10/garbage bag of clothing.

Our special birthday present doesn’t change — you get a free grocery bag of clothes and our heartiest rendition of Happy Birthday. Virgin thrifters are more than welcome — please come here first as I think you’ll be surprised at what we have to offer.

Just a wee bit about our recycling program:  we accept any clean (well-worn/past the point of good usage) materials such as clothing, blankets, towels, curtains, sheets, socks and shoes. These goods are collected in our store, transferred to the trailer at Arbour Park Mall and when that trailer is full it gets picked up when another is dropped off.

The funds from this endeavour helps us co-fund feeding programs that are shared with Lumby schools. If you could kindly make certain your materials are clean and packed in plastic bags and marked with an R.

One very elusive volunteer, Marcel, moves these bags from the thrift store to the trailer and that’s not the only thing he’s good at. Marcel and his wife Jean, manager of Lumby Community Thrift Store, are exceptional cooks and will be operating the concession for Christmas Creations Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is all about handmade crafts and homemade goodies, so come on out and show your support for local goods.

The thrift store will be offering a table of Christmas items, manned by volunteers and you can be assured that our prices are cheaper than low — otherwise known as guilt-free shopping. If I don’t see you here, maybe I’ll see you there.

You’ll find the Lumby Community Thrift Store in Arbor Park Mall tucked between Pagoda and Dollar Dollar Store. Our hours for the month of November will be: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, please call 778-473-3003 during open hours.