With a tight-knit staff and a penchant for helping out while having fun, Timmins’ Value Village has proven itself an invaluable charitable force in the community.
"Every time people donate, we pay the Canadian Diabetes Association for the donation,” said Manager Cathy Landry.
“It’s a great cause.”
The store’s partnership with the local non-profit has a relatively low profile, something Landry would like to change in order to help drive up donations. Noting that Value Village maintains a constant dialogue with the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA), Landry emphasized the importance of promoting the relationship between the two organizations, something which reflects the company’s mandate to partner with non-profits in their host communities.
“While we’re a business like any other, the main thing that makes us different is that we support a non-profit. We really want people to know that their donations go back into the community.”
Over the past 10 years, 140 Value Village locations across North America have donated more than $1.5 billion to non-profit partners, providing innumerable benefits to those communities. All products not sold in stores are recycled.
With a staff of about 40, Timmins Value Village’s charitable attitude also defines its retail operations, as Landry noted the importance of providing an opportunity for people of all incomes to shop on a budget.
“Our pricing can accommodate any budget; it’s great for families.”
In addition to their overall social consciousness, Value Village expands its customer base with sale days every quarter and a free-to-join member club.
The manager attributes much of the store’s success to the wide and enduring appeal of thrift stores.
“You’ll never find the same thing twice. We get everything from brand-name items to vintage items; you can find some real treasures here.”
With September right around the corner, the store is gearing up for the busy back-to-school season. By carrying everything from clothes and shoes to backpacks and binders, the store aims to take some weight off local parents’ shoulders by giving them an affordable place to shop for everything children need to hit the books again.
Continuing into the fall, Value Village is once again pushing itself as Timmins’ Halloween headquarters.
“We really want people to know that we are the one-stop shop for Halloween,” said Landry, whose staff truly gets into the spirit of the season. “Our team members dress up and we have in-store contests and district contests. We do a catwalk every Thursday so that customers can see what different customes look like. It’s just a fun time.”
The store will also be hosting Timmins’ second annual zombie walk this fall, following up on the success of last year’s inaugural event which saw more than 70 residents attend in full zombie garb.
With its wide variety of both new and used products, Value Village offers Hallowe’en-lovers an opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind costume, decorate their home, or throw a great Halloween party without breaking the bank.
“We can accommodate the whole family, young adults, themed parties, anything. We have makeup, hairspray, home decor - we really have it all.”
The ability of the Value Village staff to be a positive force in the community, all while having fun, is clearly a point of pride for Landry.
“I love my team, I love the store, and I love what we do for the community.”
You can visit Value Village at 77 Waterloo Road from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Saturday, or 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Sundays. You can also contact them at (705) 268-7701.
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