The summer heat didn’t stop Langley Memorial Hospital Auxiliary members from getting in the Christmas spirit.
They were, after all, busy setting up the Penny Pincher Christmas Store.
It opened Oct. 1, with a crowd already waiting outside, and is located beside the Penny Pincher clothing area.
“It’s been fun,” said the auxiliary’s Thelma Breese about the set up.
The store uses space in the site owned by the hospital auxiliary, a storefront at 20560 Fraser Hwy.
“We had so much stuff in the big store,” Breese said. “We had nowhere to put it.”
So the charity that raises funds for Langley Memorial Hospital decided to set up a three-month Christmas store.
The Penny Pincher Christmas Store will remain open until close to Christmas when the space will be rented out.
Items from the area behind the Penny Pincher clothing store will be cleared out and the clothing area expanded, Breese said.
The auxiliary has a large contingent of volunteers who work the thrift stores. Many have signed up for extra shifts in the Christmas store so the main thrift area is not left short of staff.
Breese said there are two volunteers assigned just to restock shelves because while the store holds a great deal, it’s a fraction of the items the auxiliary plans to sell through the storefront.
Donations of Christmas and other items must still be taken to the donation area, the back section of the main thrift store, for sorting and pricing.
The Christmas store is the latest addition to local charity secondhand sales in Langley City. (See list below)
PHOTO Bonnie Walters stopped into the Penny Pincher Christmas Store Thursday morning and found some festive items. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)
Downtown thrift stores:
– Battered Women and Children’s Thrift, 20555 56th Ave.
– Bibles for Missions, 20500 Logan Ave.
– Fibroymyalia Well Spring Foundation, #109 20631 Fraser Hwy.
– International Christian Relief 5786 203rd St.
– International Christian Relief, 5785 200th St.
– New Hope for Children Thrift Store, 20211 56th Ave.
– Penny Pincher, 20560 Fraser Hwy. with its main store, clothing store and Christmas store.