New look for thrift shop

Col­borne busi­ness for­merly known as Sec­ond Help­ings has a new name


COL­BORNE — Ev­ery cent earned at The Thrift Shoppe in down­town Col­borne sup­ports the Big Broth­ers Big Sis­ters Northum­ber­land or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Pre­vi­ously known as Sec­ond Help­ings, the re­tail sec­ond­hand store is now known as The Thrift Shoppe.

The store has been open for over 30 years now, al­ways for the fi­nan­cial ben­e­fit of an or­ga­ni­za­tion that sup­ports pro­grams for chil­dren in Northum­ber­land County. A decade ago, it looked like the store would close, un­able to jus­tify pay­ing any­one to man­age the re­tail out­let. But a hand­ful of com­mu­nity vol­un­teers stepped for­ward and said they’d take it on — gratis.

Lo­cated at 18 Vic­to­ria Square on the east side of Vic­to­ria Square Park in down­town Col­borne, the shop is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Mon­day through Satur­day. That’s six days a week of com­mit­ment from the ros­ter of 22 vol­un­teers. Al­most weekly, the store’s front win­dow dis­play is changed to re­flect themes du jour, thanks to Joyce Mur­ray.

“We have a com­mit­tee that meets reg­u­larly to plan and talk about ideas,” Ms. Mur­ray ex­plains. Ruth Reid is the chair, Lynn Cooney trea­surer with com­mit­tee mem­bers Wi­van Walker, Carolyn Rawn, Ca­role Plun­kett and In­gelore Dauphin.

“We’re al­ways look­ing for vol­un­teers,” she says, es­pe­cially peo­ple who can fill in for oc­ca­sional shifts if a reg­u­lar sched­ule is ask­ing too much.

The store features men’s, women’s, chil­dren’s and in­fants’ cloth­ing — for all sea­sons. In ad­di­tion there are books, jew­elry, hats, gloves, scarves, purses, shoes, drapes, bed­ding and small house­hold dé­cor.

“We get some amaz­ing things in,” Ms. Mur­ray says. “For ex­am­ple, es­pe­cially in the spring months, we see de­signer cloth­ing that still has the (re­tail) la­bels on! And, you know, I think our top price for any­thing is about $20 and that in­cludes re­ally good win­ter coats!”

Peo­ple reg­u­larly drop by to check out what “new” CDs (six for $2) or DVDs ($2 each in­clud­ing Blueray).

With the new store name — The Thrift Shoppe — has come an in­te­rior re­vamp too. Clothes are now ar­ranged on lin­ear racks, the bet­ter to ac­com­mo­date walk­ers or scoot­ers. There’s fresh paint, new colour­ful signs inside and out, and soonto-be walled book­shelves to cre­ate even more dis­play room.

If in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing, call Joyce at 905-344-7338.


The Big Broth­ers Big Sis­ters Northum­ber­land store in down­town Col­borne has a new name âÄî The Thrift Shoppe âÄî and look.


New cloth­ing racks, win­dow décor, fresh paint and or­ga­ni­za­tion is fea­tured in the newly named Big Broth­ers Big Sis­ters of Northum­ber­land store in Col­borne. Joyce Mur­ray, left, and Julie Ven­detti are two of 22 vol­un­teers who staff The Thrift Shoppe re­tail out­let six days a week.

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