1. It’s a great place to shop.
In case you don’t know, thrift shops are much less expensive than shopping malls and you can always find many unique items which will not be found in typical box stores.
2. The great finds.
As a big Toronto Blue Jays fan you can imagine my excitement after finding a retro Jays polo shirt during my first week. The only thing more exciting, was finding three Jays bobbleheads over the course of two weeks! (They take up room on the mantle, but I’m sure they’ll be worth something someday, right?) I’ve also uncovered more nice shirts and definitely enjoy listening to the nostalgic CDs from my youth that get donated. You truly never know what might show up on the shelves but it could be almost anything.
3. Meeting lots of great people.
The thrift shop is full of diverse, friendly and helpful employees and volunteers who are bound to be found with a cheerful greeting and a smile on their face. Coming in even once a week, you are sure to make friends and enjoy conversation with others over lunch break or even while sorting through donations. (As if you wanted a reason to make the time go faster.)
4. Snacks during morning break.
I think this one’s fairly self-explanatory but if you want to know more, I will just say two things. Coffee and cookies! (Enough said right?)
5. Working for MCC.
As many already know the money raised in the store goes to Mennonite Central Committee and their work for relief, development and peace in the name of Christ. Being a thrift volunteer means you get to be a small part of the bigger picture, which is helping change the world. And that’s something we can all feel good about.
6. Future Opportunities.
Being a psychology major in university, you can imagine I was quite intrigued to learn that shop manager Heather Gallian is a Psychology grad herself. And now she gets to live the dream of working in a thrift shop every day. But really, who knows what doors this experience might open up.
7. Trying different jobs.
The operations within a thrift shop are quite extensive, and as a volunteer you get the opportunity to experience a wide variety of jobs. Things I have done so far include but are certainly not limited to: office work, sorting and pricing items, balancing cash registers, carrying items out to the floor, writing these blog posts of course and there is much more that is surely still to be done.
8. Flexible hours.
One of the big perks of being a thrift volunteer is that I’m exactly that. A volunteer! If I’m not able to make it one week or want to go out for lunch, the managers are very flexible and are happy to work with your schedule. Even if you can only come in for a few hours once a week, your time spent here will be appreciated and beneficial.
9. Helping the Earth.
These days there is lots of talk about protecting the planet and what we can do to conserve more. Supporting your local thrift shop is a great way to help out by not throwing away things that may still be usable for someone, by not buying new products when gently used ones are available. Aside from simple recycling, items like dishes and housewares are donated to local organizations in need. Keeping things out of the landfill is one of the stores biggest initiatives. And is just another simple way of helping the Earth.
10. Creative Expression.
Volunteering here has given me the chance to do another activity I enjoy but seldom do and that is writing. So thank you, for taking the time to read this! J And if you like to display a bit of a different type of artistic ability, make sure you check out the extensive arts and crafts materials section of the store.
Thanks again and see you in a few weeks.
“Be studious in your profession, and you will be learned. Be industrious and frugal, and you will be rich. Be sober and temperate, and you will be healthy. Be in general virtuous, and you will be happy. At least, you will, by such conduct, stand the best chance for such consequences.”