• ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES
• MEDIA & BOOKS
• SEASONAL ITEMS
- Our Thrift Store welcomes donations daily, however, there are some items we are unable to accept due to sanitary and health and safety concerns. These include; used mattresses and box springs, sofa beds, used wall-to-wall carpets, hazardous materials (e.g. paints), propane tanks, barbecues, infant equipment (e.g. car seats, cribs and strollers), tires and auto parts.
The Voice of Your Donation
At The Salvation Army Thrift Store, a donation is more than just an item. Learn about the lifecycle of a donation, and explore the remarkable stories from the perspective of a donation below.
SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY IMPACT
I may look like a regular yellow raincoat, but I am so much more. When Sam’s mom picked me up a few years ago, I was brand new. I loved playing in the rain with Sam as she danced through puddles. When my sleeves became too short for her, Sam got a new raincoat. That’s when my journey really started. After being given to The Salvation Army Thrift Store, I travelled from the production floor to the sales floor, and I learned why donations like me matter. Being donated empowered me to be more than just a raincoat.
I was only on the rack for two days before Mason found me. He didn’t know it, but Mason was doing so much more than simply finding a new raincoat. By choosing to take me home, Mason and his family were supporting local Salvation Army programs and services, like the food bank close to our home that feeds over 800 families every month, and the shelter downtown that provides safety and warmth to individuals experiencing homelessness. Every donation like me helps generate funds to support programs that bring care to neighbours in need.
There’s power in giving items like me a chance to really matter for someone who needs a helping hand. Thanks to Sam and Mason, I am one powerful raincoat!
DIGNITY THROUGH ACCESSIBILITY
As a double-breasted blazer from the 2018 Ralph Lauren Spring collection, I was destined for greatness. When Christopher picked me up from the Holt Renfrew downtown Toronto, I instantly became his go-to blazer. For two years I travelled the world, from business meetings in Tokyo to golf trips in Scotland. But when the 2020 Spring collection came out, I was replaced by something new. When Christopher brought me to The Salvation Army Thrift Store, I thought my glory days were over. I had no idea then, but my journey was just beginning. I was about to become much more than a fabulous designer item.
After I was sorted, priced, and put out on the floor, I was only on the rack for three hours before Jeff scooped me up. Jeff was looking that day for something he could wear to an interview. He had been searching for a job since being laid off a few months earlier. He was struggling to make ends meet for himself and his two daughters, and relied on Thrift Store vouchers from his local Salvation Army Community and Family Services to access necessities like clothing and household items free of charge. The voucher program enabled Jeff and his family to shop for items like me with dignity at a time when they needed help the most. I was a perfect fit, and the confidence I gave Jeff made a real difference when he was struggling. Jeff was wearing me when he got his new job, and I will never forget that feeling.
Being donated empowered me to really matter for someone who needed a helping hand. There’s power in giving at The Salvation Army Thrift Store and, thanks to Christopher and Jeff, I feel like the most powerful blazer in the world.