Re-Purposing Pays Off


Thiftology raises over $30K for local school since opening its doors.

Since their doors opened just over a year ago, Thriftology by Assumption School has raised well over $30,000 for Cold Lake’s Assumption Junior Senior High School. Store manager Michelle Quiban says the money will go toward student bursaries and paying off the loan for the new bus which takes the students to sporting events, field trips, and band performances.

“Overall, this first year has far exceeded the expectations of the PAC and the Parent Council.” Thriftology has been well-received by the community. A lot of adults have been coming in to donate and volunteer. “People love the fact that it’s for the school and that they can support the school without having to buy anything”.

Some of the western style clothing that was donated to the store was used in a play that was held at Cold Lake’s Beantrees Café recently, and Quiban was able to provide some of the clothing for the Footloose play being held at the Junior Senior School at the end of this month. Tierra Fortin and Liberty Mayrand are just two of the student volunteers who Quiban works with at Thriftology.


Assumption students are able to volunteer at Thriftology to earn credit for their Religion and Physical Education classes. Fortin explains, “It’s a fun job. The time goes by fast.” Something unexpected that came out of this project were the friendships. Quiban says, “Students volunteer and get to know other students they normally wouldn’t get a chance to talk to at school. We didn’t consider this, but it’s a positive outcome.” The staff love their location, but they do see expansion in their future. The store doesn’t have the room for big item pieces such as furniture, but Quiban had a solution for that.

Every Saturday from now until the end of August, people will be able to drop off furniture at the store for weekly sidewalk sales. “The furniture can be dropped off outside on Saturday mornings. Then it will be priced to sell,” said Quiban.