Thrift store helps out School

Thriftology by Assumption School has moved and the store is now able to offer more items. This in turn helps out the school, as all money raised from the thrift store goes to Assumption Junior Senior High School in Cold Lake.

Ashlyn Stacey, a student at Assumption, has been a part of Thriftology  since the day after they opened. “I love working here. I love working with the people; and everything I am wearing today I bought here.” Michelle Quiban, manager of Thriftology adds, “Everything I am wearing today is from the store too. I hardly ever buy anything at stores anymore. I always have a revolving wardrobe.”

At just over two and a half years old, the thrift store is now at it’s new location where Fountain Tire used to be on 50 Avenue in Cold Lake. Because the store is bigger, they can now take larger donation items like furniture (except for appliances and car seats) and out of season items. There is more storage space and it’s easier to donate; people can pull up to the garage door out back and unload their items there. Quiban stated, “Right now, we have no place for after-hours donations; donations can only be dropped off when we are open.”

Quiban says she has seen triple the amount of business since they’ve moved into their new location on June 2, 2018. Quiban believes being across the street from Orbiting Trends, a thrift and consignment store in which all proceeds from the store benefit the Dr. Margaret Savage Crisis Centre (DMSCC) and the programs they offer, benefits both places. “Customers can park and go across the street to either place. It’s so convenient. Customers have to be careful though because I have seen jaywalking tickets being handed out because people are not using the crosswalk.”

Quiban is happy to see lots of new faces and volunteers. She says they receive compliments several times a day on how nice the space is and how easy it is to shop. Although they have a new location and look, they haven’t increased prices. “We have low prices, so we can move stuff quickly and make it affordable for everyone because that is the purpose of thrift shopping.”

All profits from Thriftology go to Assumption School. Teachers give wish lists for what they might need for classrooms and schools. They are still paying for a bus and they have plans to purchase a second bus. They have ordered new garbage cans for Jackson Field, and new water fountains for the school. Quiban only knows of one other school, and it’s in British Columbia, that has a similar arrangement.

For the fall, Thriftology plans to do an open house on the night of Meet the Teacher in September. Quiban states, “The School Board is impressed with what we are doing.” And she added, “We met with the new principal and we came up with really fun ideas to do with the students in the fall.”

For donations, they average anywhere between six or seven and twenty people donating per day. On the day of the interview, they had over one hundred bags of items that were donated. Quiban said, “We see a lot of amazing donations; and people are surprised to discover the quality of clothing and shoes and purses that are on the shelves. The amount of new stuff that comes in that still has tags on them is amazing. People are pleasantly surprised at how good the stuff is.”

Thriftlogy does sound like a fun place to volunteer at. This past Sunday, they got together and upcycled jeans to make their own work aprons (seen in the picture). One of the volunteers made a planter out of a tire and it now hangs outside the front of the store.