Shara JJ Cooper
By Shara JJ Cooper
November 15th, 2013

Grand Fork’s newest thrift store is simply called the “Thrift Shop.” It opened on Aug. 1 and the owner, who prefers to be known simply as Phil, says that one of their main focuses is providing affordable items to the public.

In fact, store items are so affordable that he always has two or three free tables of clothing and household items. Nothing at the store gets thrown away.

By doing this, Phil says that everyone can afford to shop there.

“We don’t raise money for charity. We just keep everything affordable for those that need it,” he said.

None of the clothes are priced over $5 and he is happy to tuck items away if someone can’t buy them until the end of the month. This layaway program works well for people who have a limited income, like those on disability, who find something they like but don’t have the funds handy.

The Thrift Shop was originally located in Kelowna but he moved it to 2nd Street in Grand Forks when he relocated. He collects items in a variety of fashions. Some are donated, but also buys out the remains of a garage sale for a flat fee.

Phil is constantly adding new items to his stock and plans on adding new furniture to his repertoire at the end of the year.

Craft fair

In addition to running the Thrift Shop, Phil has organized a long-running craft fair. It started Nov. 1 and will stay open until Dec. 24.

The concept behind the craft fair is for local artisans and vendors to be able to set up tables at a more permanent location during the holiday season.

Tables are rented for $20 a week and are set up next to the Thrift Shop at 7373 2nd Street. He has plenty of room for tables and is hoping to get eight to 10 set up regularly.

If the craft fair is a success this year, he is hoping to be able to make it an annual event. 

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