What Do our Sorters Do?

The sorters in the back rooms are a well-oiled machine, decorated with a splash of colourful chaos.

Sorters' Tasks

As such, we are ready for the challenge of receiving almost any type of donated goods you can provide us with. Indeed, we do everything possible to see these much-appreciated items go out to our customers ASAP. That is our goal.

Under normal circumstances, when your donations are in good condition, the turn-around time from you to the buyer is speedy and efficient, requiring almost no “re-conditioning.”  We may do a little cleaning, laundering or minor repairs to make the items attractive, but due to time constraints we must keep this to a minimum. So when we deem it necessary,  we pass on items to other charities. We value our customers and want all our products to be customer-worthy.

This picture, though, is quite a bit different after the time of our half-price sales.  That is indeed a sight to behold!

Early, on the Monday mornings after our 50% off weekends, when the stores are closed, a team of exhausted volunteers moves in and gets to work! In the case of clothing, we clear out at lot of the end-of-season stock that hasn’t sold at half-price and move the items over to the bargain alley at drastically reduced prices (50 cents!) or send them on to other charities. Then we bring out closets-full of newly prepared items for your selection.

In other departments too, we change the sticker to indicate the new half/or lower price. or give them a second life in Ste. Anne’s bargain alley. This is the case for many of our silver-plated pieces. How about a fancy, $2.00 silver-plated tea-pot to hang in your garden as a bird-house? Or a bundle of silver-plated cutlery to make a lovely wind-chime? The options for crafty people are endless!

The goal is a transformation of our boutiques for Tuesday’s door-opening at 10:00.

Stay tuned for an upcoming post about the work associated with major holidays like Halloween and Christmas.



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Thrift Shops for Nova Volunteers? What Do They Do?

We who volunteer at the Thrift Shops for Nova take on a variety of  tasks.

For your appreciation, here is an incomplete sampling of our regular challenges.

Our continued dedication contributes to raising much needed funds for our foundation, Ste. Anne Volunteers Health Support Foundation/Fondation d’Entraide en Santé des Bénévole de Ste-Anne.

In case you didn’t know.

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Psssttt …. :-)

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Oyez, Oyez! Au Secours! (Ste. Anne de Bellevue)

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Thriftshop appeal for volunteers

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Upcoming Closures

Dearest Customers and Volunteers,

This is to notify you of two upcoming closures:

Sunday, June 23rd & Sunday, June 30th.

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Although both

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day and Canada Day

are on the Monday following these days,

we will be busy celebrating on these two Sundays

— along with the rest of the province and country.

We look forward, though, to greeting you in our boutiques

on the Saturdays before these closures

so you  can purchase your party essentials!

Thanks for your understanding.

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Yeah! Hooray! Here it is Again!

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All proceeds go to support Nova West Island



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Our Christmas Gift to You!

Exceptionally, Thrift Shops for Nova is continuing their half-price sale for five more days! Yes, in all boutiques, including the book store and furniture store, everything will still be yours at 50% off!

Quel Cadeau!

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Plus, the Bargain Alley in Ste. Anne de Bellevue will be offering clothing at $2.00 per bag!

Now, don’t you agree that this is a wonderful surprise! Just in time for that last minute shopping before the holidays. 😉

Truth be told, this is also a gift for us: we clear out some inventory to prepare for the new, and we raise valuable funds for our wonderful foundation and health care in the community.


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