Irene Palmer

Irene Palmer

New look makes treasures easier to find in the cellar

If the name doesn’t peak your interest perhaps the treasures found inside this trendy thrift store will do the trick.

Cellar Treasures. If the name doesn’t peak your interest perhaps the treasures found inside this trendy thrift store will do the trick. First opened seven-years ago in the basement of the local Anglican Church, the well known and popular Cellar Treasures Thrift Store has emerged with a new boutique-style look. One that invites the discerning shopper to browse through the interesting and eclectic displays of bargains.

The store, presently operates with eight volunteers. “One of the newer volunteers,” said store manager Irene Palmer, “popped in one day and offered to volunteer. She loves doing displays and marketing.”

This led to each of the volunteers working in areas that interest them and allowed each one to try out their ideas for displays and layout. By moving merchandise around, the staff has learned that customers become more aware of the many items that are available, resulting in an increase in business.

The store carries a large assortment of lightly-used goods; general items such as kitchenware, ornaments, pictures and picture frames, cooking and baking utensils, craft supplies, good used children’s and  ladies’ clothing as well as men’s special dress clothing (nice suit jackets, dress shirts etcetera).  A fine selection of purses, linens, scarves and china are just a few more of the many items that are available. For those interested in purchasing seasonal holiday items, watch for the wonderful displays.

The used book section carries a nice selection of fiction and non-fiction as well as CDs with the “cheapest prices in town,” (.25¢ to $1), remarked Palmer recently. The book area even offers a comfortable chair to sit down on while browsing through the many titles.

In keeping with the original goal of the Anglican Church members, proceeds from sales continues to help offset expenses associated with running the church building while also giving back to the community. The church affiliated thrift store also donates to the Cowichan Lake Community Services, World Vision, Cowichan District Hospital Foundation, Bibles for Missions and overseas charities.

“We’re spreading goodwill and its working.” says Palmer who added that business is growing and many new customers (along with the regular established cliental) are shopping at Cellar Treasures Thrift Store at 70 West Cowichan Avenue.

Donations can be dropped off during business hours, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesdays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. For further information send an email to cellartreasuresbc@hotmail.com.