You’ll find it at Thrift on Kent. From antiques and furniture to name brand clothing and toys, it’s a shopping experience like no other.

Check out our silent auction regularly. You can register and bid on unique finds and treasures that have been generously donated.

Thrift on Kent is an affordable and eco-friendly way to shop, all while supporting the programs of MCC.

Grades JK – 8, bring in a report card (from this year) for a FREE book.  We realize many students may not have a final report card, however one from earlier in the year will work. 

High school, College & University students bring in your current student ID for a FREE book.

The second hand resale market is a very competitive industry.  More and more FOR profit businesses and charities are getting on board.  It's important for you, our valued customers and donors to understand the difference.

As a charity we rely solely on donated goods.  We do not purchase liquidated items or used items.  We are also predominantly a volunteer run thrift shop.  Compared to the number of our volunteers (around 300), our paid staff is but a few. 

All of our proceeds, after expenses, go to Mennonite Central Committee Ontario for their relief, development and peace work they do here at home, in our communities and around the world.

To say we appreciate the generosity of our donors and volunteers is an understatement and indeed we could not operate our thrift shop without you.

We also deeply appreciate the ongoing support of our local community and shoppers.  We value the ways that we can partner with local agencies to meet the needs of individuals and families, keep items out of the Regional landfill and to enrich our community.

Thank you for choosing to make a difference in the lives of others by shopping, donating and volunteering with us. 

It seems silly to have one day designated as Earth Day. 

Are we so busy we need a specific day to bring to light things we should be doing on a daily basis? 

Many of our parents and grandparents didn't celebrate Earth Day.  In fact, they were leaders in reducing, reusing and recycling things.  How many of you washed out

As the saying goes, there are 2 seasons in Ontario, Winter and Construction... and we have officially entered the construction season here in Kitchener.

Learn from our experts during our first ever FREE Thrift University series.  This series will run Friday evenings in February here at the shop from 7pm to 8pm. 

Grab a friend and register for one class or all of them!

The New Year is nearly here.

Let me present some ideas for a 365-Day Project which may improve your creativity, your relationships and your outlook for 2015!

For the next year do one of these to increase your creativity:

  • Sketch a picture every day.
  • Make a painting or at least paint every day.
  • Make something creative daily.
  • Take a picture every day.
  • Write 500 words of your novel every day.
  • Write a daily poem.

OR try a combination of these creative outlets…. for the first 3 months of the year paint every day. For the following 3 months sketch every day, then write every day and end the year off with knitting, crocheting or crafting something every day. Imagine how much more creative you will be by 2016!

Here are some ideas to improve your relationships with people:

  • Each day write something positive about your spouse, partner and/or child. Present these to the person at the end of the year.
  • Connect with someone every day. Visit, write, call, email or text someone daily. Make a list of people you want to reconnect with and start from there. Stretch yourself and include strangers, simply engage someone new in conversation.
  • Do a daily kind deed for people you know and those you don’t.
  • Read a story to your child every day.

These last ideas are more introspective and for some people these may be more difficult to follow through with, as too few of us take time for ourselves.

Indulge in ‘me’ time by:

  • Keeping a gratitude journal and writing down 3 things that you’re grateful for every day.
  • Go for a 20 minute walk every day. Rain, shine or snow, let nothing stop you.
  • Learn something new each day. Learn a new word, watch a TEDx video or a documentary…. Just learn!
  • Take 15 minutes every day and meditate. Nothing too ‘out there’, just sit quietly with no distractions in a quiet place and let your mind and body rest.
  • Learn a new skill and actively improve upon that skill daily.

This upcoming year can be a year of change.

It WILL BE a year of change.

A year from now where will you be? Are you ready to steer your year where you want to go or will you just let another year float by? Actively live your life!

Get to know the people around you, shop closer to home, do with less and make your year count!

We're celebrating Christmas shopping the best way we know how.... with the 12 Days of Thrift!

Starting December 11th, each day we will be offering a different special and or event.

Thank you, thank you, thank you! 

We are celebrating one year of being open here at 50 Kent.  It's been a year full of donations, countless volunteer hours and dedicated shoppers.

We really couldn't have done it without YOU!  The proceeds of the shop have helped people in our community and around the world.

Please drop by Thrift on Kent Saturday November 1st for a piece of cake, the wrap up of our first ever sealed bid auction (closes Saturday at Noon) and a couple of surprises.

 

 

We are incredibly blessed to have 3 talented musicians who have volunteered their time to entertain our shoppers this Friday evening between 8 and 10pm.

Chris Erb is a local musician who is blessing us with his talents...

Joelle Ritsema is bringing her folk singing to the shop...

and Jontue Elan will entice us with her jazz stylings.

Hopefully you've made plans to attend, as this will be the best shopping night of the year for the young and young at heart. 

Everyone is welcome to shop during our Teen Shopping Night, however the environment will be more energized and a little louder than usual. 

Thrift on Kent will be open to the public between 9am and 7pm on Friday Sept. 19.  The shop will be closed for one hour (7pm - 8pm) to prepare for our teens. 

Get your friends together and come to get your thrift on from 8pm - 10pm!

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