Here are the best thrift and consignment stores in Calgary (MAP)

We love a good thrift find. And as many fellow thrifters know, the hunt for second-hand treasures can be very rewarding!

So, we’ve created our own treasure map of sorts of some of our favourite thrift and consignment stores around Calgary.

Oldies but goodies

Value Village (Southland and Macleod location)

Everyone knows the Value Village name, not only thrifters. But this VV Boutique is absolutely massive. If you’ve been in the Calgary area for a while, you might already know that this building used to house a Safeway but it’s now a preloved paradise. We definitely recommend setting aside at least an hour (if not more) to search through the rows upon rows of beautiful bargains.

Where: 9737 Macleod Trail SW

Goodwill (Plaza location)

This one is another hefty store. It’s not too far from the aforementioned Va-Louis Vuilage so you could easily hit them both in an afternoon.

Where: 9655 Macleod Trail SW

Hidden Gems

Glenmore Thrift Store

This little place is one of our favourites and it deserves some love. This used to be a Sally Ann, but management and the Salvation Army parted ways. The team running this store uses its money to help out a local food bank.

The shop is small and tucked away, but don’t let that deter you. The prices here are always great, something the store prides itself on, and there’s always something there worth finding. Plus, if you bring in a bag of donations (clothes, toys, books, household items, etc.) you will get a $10-off coupon!

Where: 3146 Glenmore Court SE

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New thrift store ministry to offer affordable clothing, accessories in Beech Creek, Howard area | News, Sports, Jobs

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Bargains & Blessings partnered with Liberty Baptist Church in Blanchard during their Backpack and School Supply Giveaway on July 24. The next sale is on Saturday, Aug. 6, at Faith Chapel United Methodist Church, 551 Hunter Run Road, Howard, off route 150 near Bald Eagle State Park.

HOWARD — A new thrift store ministry opened this summer to provide affordable used clothing and accessories to families in Beech Creek, Blanchard, Howard and surrounding areas.

After many years of praying, dreaming, thinking and planning, Faith United Methodist Church, located in Hunter Run, launched a mobile thrift store, Bargains & Blessings Community Closet. When a search for a suitable location for the store was unsuccessful, the idea of a mobile thrift store was presented and put into action. The church’s outreach team hit the ground running in late 2021 to make this ministry a reality.

“With the church being in a rural setting, we have to be willing to go out into the community,” said Pastor Mark Johnson.

Bargains & Blessings debuted this summer during food bank hours at both Blanchard Church of Christ and Howard United Methodist Church. The outreach was also on-site at Liberty Baptist Church in Blanchard for their backpack and school supply giveaway. Along with Faith Chapel, all three of these neighboring churches, plus the Beech Creek Wesleyan Church, have been collecting clothing for the outreach. There was actually so much generosity that Faith Chapel had to stop collecting temporarily. What better way to serve our neighbors than to be mobile and partner with other churches in the area?

“It is such a blessing to have the support and partnership of our church friends in the area. We all have the same goal of loving our neighbors so why not work together?” said Joni Bumbarger, co-chair

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Surrey thrift store in need of new space

A Surrey thrift store is facing a potential move after a warning that its rent could double next spring.

SEVA Thrift Store has been located at 9430 120 St. for the past six years, and now the society is looking for a more affordable space.

Raj Arneja, part-time manager and chair of the SEVA society’s board, said as there’s not much they can do about a rent increase, they’re “actively looking if we can get something at a reasonable rate.”

“We would rather move than close our doors because of what we’ve worked for.”

But the issue is finding a big enough commercial space to rent, Arneja added.

“We need space. That’s the biggest thing.”

She said it’s about more than just finding a building with a visible storefront.

“We must ensure it is accessible for the community we serve, for the volunteers that rely on their work with us for skill building, networking, social support and community integration, and then the physical renovating of the interior: rebuilding walls, storage, and shelving inside the store.”

She said when they moved into their current space, it cost about $60,000 to set it up.

“To move this place — as it is — is a huge undertaking. We just don’t have the staff to do it. All of us have full-time jobs and how are we going to do that? This whole thing was just a shell.”

The society was told verbally by their landlord their rent would be doubling to $13,000 from $6,500. The Now-Leader reached out to the landlord, who confirmed he approached the society about an increase but wouldn’t answer any other questions.

Currently – and unlike residential rentals – there are no caps for commercial rental increases.

Anita Huberman, president and CEO of the Surrey

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There’s a new thrift shop in Tacoma where you can get discounts, help folks in need

Tacoma Rescue Mission receives an overwhelming amount of donations to help its clients out of poverty.

The homeless shelter nonprofit came up with a solution to maximize all of the donated clothes and household items: a thrift shop. Mission Thrift, 2502 6th Ave., opened last month. The store is open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

Mission Thrift, a new thrift shop operated by the Tacoma Rescue Mission, opened last month and sells donated clothes and household items to help fund the efforts at the nonprofit’s homeless shelter, recovery program and career development program.

Mission Thrift, a new thrift shop operated by the Tacoma Rescue Mission, opened last month and sells donated clothes and household items to help fund the efforts at the nonprofit’s homeless shelter, recovery program and career development program.

Darrin Miller, social enterprise director, said Tacoma Rescue Mission uses at most 3 percent of items donated. The thrift shop will allow the rescue mission “to make the most of donations that we receive and be able to generate revenue and go back to our clients and those in need in the community,” he said.

Mission Thrift sells men’s, women’s and children’s clothes, including sports jerseys, toys and games, shoes, purses, home decor, kitchen appliances and dishes, lamps, furniture and more. Customers can come across rare finds, like a Star Wars spatula.

Clothing at Mission Thrift starts at $1.99 for T-shirts, jeans are $8-$20 and North Face jackets are $49.99. Kitchen utensils and small plates are priced at 99 cents, and dishes are $1.99-$4.99. Airfryers range from $9.99 to $29.99, and KitchenAid stand mixers range from $59 to $99. Toys and games are 99 cents to $9.99. A sectional couch is about $119, a recliner is $55-$99 and a high chair is $19.99.

Tacoma Rescue Mission provides emergency services, such as overnight homeless shelters, about 800 meals a day and supplies to homeless encampments. The mission also has a 12-month in-house recovery program,

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An ‘influencer thrift store’ wants to tackle fast fashion waste

An influencer may wear an outfit in just one post before banishing it to the depths of the closet. It may stay there, unworn and unused, until it’s time for the occasional wardrobe cleanout. At best, the garment will be resold or donated. At worst, it’ll end up in a landfill.

Detoure, an online consignment shop, wants to change that.

The company, which describes itself as an “influencer thrift store,” is trying to lessen the burden on overflowing landfills by tackling influencers’ overflowing closets.

Accelerating trend cycles are only adding to the fast fashion industry’s nearly insurmountable toll on the environment. Detoure sells influencers’ trendy clothing — most of which is either new with tags or has been worn only once — for a small fraction of the cost of buying the garments new. 

“The way social media’s going, influencers wear the clothes once for a photo and then they never really wear it again,” said Detoure’s founder, Meghan Russell. “And so what happens to the clothes then at that point?”

In the year since Russell launched Detoure, the store has partnered with about 50 influencers, and Russell plans to expand the roster in the coming months. Primarily an online store, Detoure has gone viral on TikTok for its Los Angeles pop-up events, which it started hosting this year. 

The way social media’s going, influencers wear the clothes once for a photo and then they never really wear it again. And so what happens to the clothes then at that point?

Meghan Russell, DETOURE FOUNDER

The line for Detoure’s July pop-up — which took place in a borrowed streetwear store — stretched down Melrose Avenue. Drawn in with promises of being able to buy affordable clothing without having to dig for it, as at a traditional thrift store, hundreds

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