By Dan Walton
After shutting down for three weeks to prepare for its big move, the Invermere Thrift Shop has opened new doors to offer a bigger and better facility.
Operating out of the space formerly used by Selkirk TV and Appliance, the popular second-hand store will operate at ground level with about twice as much space as before.
More volunteers and prep space will allow for a larger inventory as well as restocking each day, rather than weekly, and prices will not increase.
Were very proud of the new space, said Paige Ukass, president of the Invermere Health Care Auxiliary, which operates the Thrift Shop.
The store will continue its regular hours Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The move was a massive project, said Ms. Ukass, but as volunteers continue to make commerce more fluid at the new location, theres a chance the hours could be extended,possibly for next summer.
So far, the volunteers are much happier to have more room to work in, Ms. Ukass added.
Our lifetime members are able to be in a beautiful, bright, clean environment.
Donations to the new location must be dropped off at the rear entrance adjacent to the paved Lakeview parking lot one street over from 7th Avenue. Large plastic bins and wooden shelving have been set up for donors to place delicate and breakable goods for safe keeping. Ms. Ukass said clean and worthy donations are always sought after with the exception of helmets, which cannot be legally sold as used.
The Invermere Thrift Shop is located at 1229 7th Avenue in downtown Invermere.