Okanagan Panorama

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 10:37

Rutland: Thrift Shop City

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I have often heard the Okanagan touted as a destination location for golfers. Agritourism and wineries seem to be making a rally as well as one of the leading tourist draws to our beautiful Okanagan. I’m not a golfer, nor am I all that interested to learn where my bottle of wine originated.

Introducing Rutland, Thrift Shop City.

Reuse, recycle, resell. It seems to be a good business model that has multiple benefits. “One man’s junk, is another man’s treasurer” seems to be the order of the day.

Garage sales on steroids may be an apt descriptor. The garage sale season is upon us with homemade signs starting to decorate any available roadside utility pole. While I have often enjoyed the Saturday morning race to different neighborhoods, trying to get the find of the day, I have second thoughts about the cost of gas that it takes to find and obtain these garage sale gems.

Destination Rutland … Thrift Shop City.

At this time we have Value Village, Salvation Army Thrift Shop, Kelowna MCC Thrift Shop, Anchor Missionary Society Thrift Shop, Rutland Hospital Aux Thrift Shop & Kelowna Gospel Mission Thrift Store all located in the Rutland business area.

I don’t consider myself a Canadian Picker worthy of any notoriety but it can be quite gratifying to find and purchase an item that I didn’t realize that I desperately needed until the very moment that I located it. On my list of must-have items is an old-fashioned bread slicer that manually cuts a single slice of bread from the unsliced logs that local baker artisans offer.

Most of all these thrift shops accept donations from the public. While I enjoy attending a garage sale, I detest the thought of hosting my own. The thought of wasting my time haggling over a nickel on the price of an item, that I know the enthusiastic purchaser plans on reselling for a considerable profit, just plain annoys me. I regularly donate my used household items as part of my charitable giving plan. I would encourage you to visit Rutland and buy something that you never knew that you needed until that very moment.


Rae Stonehouse

Author Bio:

Rae A. Stonehouse is a Canadian born author & speaker. His professional career as a Registered Nurse working predominantly in psychiatry/mental health, has spanned four decades.

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