Vancouver’s ReTails Thrift Stores, operated by the Humane Society for Southwest Washington, recently opened the doors of its newest thrift superstore at 5000 E. Fourth Plain Blvd. (across from Golden Skate). The 25,000-plus square-foot shop sells a vast variety of clothing, accessories, and homewares, as well as accepting donations of items of every size, from hairpins to jungle gyms. As if that weren’t marvelous enough, the store is also going to offer classes for crafters and do-it-yourselfers. So, if you’re crafty like a fox, there are two dates you’ll want to mark on your calendar (which you probably made yourself from scrap paper, vintage buttons, and old photographs):
- Saturday, Sept. 20, 3 p.m.: Repurposing Thrift Store Finds
- Saturday, Sept. 27, 2 p.m.: Furniture Makeover
The on-site classes are taught by local crafting experts. There’s no cost to attend and no registration is necessary. And did we mention that ReTails has a coffee bar? Yup. Because studies show that most do-it-yourself projects are largely fueled by caffeine. At any rate, you can find out about upcoming classes and workshops on ReTails Facebook page. And just in case you didn’t already know, it’s all for a good cause: proceeds from ReTails Thrift Stores supports the work of HSSW’s mission of pet adoptions, proper medical care for the community’s animals and other companion animal programs.
ReTails is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, a donations are accepted from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., also every day of the week. If you can’t make it out to the store but you’ve got some items you’d like to donate, there’s a mobile donation trailer at 1100 N.E. 192ns Ave. in Vancouver and it’s open every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Above: old suitcases repurposed as a sassy sidetable, complete with vintage thrift shop accents.