Thursday, January 03, 2008

Value is their Name

Value Village, that is. Yesterday I told you about my favourite thrift store in Powell River. In Bellingham, it's Value Village just off Meridian near the Bellis Fair Mall.

Our home base in the States is Bellingham, Washington. We picked Bellingham because it has an airport with on-field customs for 997, excellent health care (especially for mom who moved here to be close to us), and city-folk things like shopping. When we are in town, I love to go exploring. I've found three really large thrift stores. One is the Goodwill, another is the Salvation Army, but my favourite is Value Village.

Value Village is department store size. It is part of a chain of about 200 thrift stores across the US, Canada and Australia. They have mostly recycled items, but you will find some inexpensive new items mixed in, especially for holidays such as Halloween. Their largest section is for clothing. They have some furniture, and a good mix of household items. Their prices are reasonable, and the profits are shared with local charities.

Recycling is an easy way to help our environment. By donating your unwanted items to a thrift store, they don't end up in a landfill. By purchasing a recycled item, you give back in two ways: to the charities the stores serve, and by giving a recycled item a new lease on life. So, go out and have some guilt free shopping. It's good for you and the environment. -- Margy


  1. Anonymous9:17 AM

    Hi Margy,
    When recycling don't forget the Re-Store It has lots of things for remodeling.It is a fun store to go to. We found two very nice oak sofa tables.We have also found lots of things to fix what ever is broken. They are at 2309 Meridian St in Bellingham Wa.

  2. I haven't gone in, but I have passed it many times on the way to downtown. Next time I'll have to stop rather than just drive by. Thanks Betty!