Thrift Shop

since 1958
Customer Shopping at Chemainus Thrift Store

The Thrift Shop is the Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary’s pride and joy operation!

The Thrift Shop has been in business since 1958, and is the main source of revenue for our Auxiliary.  We have an excellent reputation all over Vancouver Island as “the place to go” for quality second hand goods at very reasonable prices. Our shop is clean, well organized and it has over 100 dedicated volunteers working tirelessly towards our success.  In addition to sorting, pricing, and selling the many items donated by the community at the shop, some of our volunteers work at home packaging items, sewing and knitting items for sale, checking and repairing items, and so much more!

For our customers, buying “gently used” clothing and household items is not only cost effective, but it also diverts a lot of products from going into the landfills.

Our thrift shop has a wide variety of quality merchandise.  On any given day, you might find a vintage wool blanket, a beautifully framed picture, designer shoes, a garden hoe, the wrapping paper you need – and so much more!

The Thrift Shop is open from Tuesday – Saturday, 10-4.

See Inside the Shop



Safety of our Senior volunteers, staff and valued customers is, and will always be, our FIRST PRIORITY.

Closure is never taken lightly, especially at this time of the year with the colder weather, layoffs and Christmas Season upon us.

Even with all our stringent safety protocol in place, the rise in the numbers and the close proximity of all the known cases, we do not feel comfortable gambling with the Health and possible lives of those we care about.

We made the decision to close our door, December 5th at 4pm. And will remain closed until January 14th, at that time we will re-evaluate the need of closure.

We thank you all for your understanding, and we wish you all a Safe and Merry Holiday Season.

Please check here on our website on our FACEBOOK page for updates.

Christmas decorations will be on half price December 4th & 5th.

Thrift Shop

9867 Maple Street
Chemainus, BC
V0R 1K1

Tel: (250) 246-2476

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Warehouse Intake

Our Thrift Shop would not be as successful without the support of the residents of Chemainus and surrounding areas.  Your generous donations of clothing and goods to the Thrift Shop enable us to provide funds that purchase much needed medical equipment and provide important health care programs in our area.

Receiving donated goods

Sorting and Pricing

Because all our shop’s merchandise comes from donations, we ask that donated items be clean, dry and in good repair. 

Volunteers accept incoming goods (after they are held in a holding bin for 24 hours), check for damage and acceptable quality, and place the product in the appropriate location for pricing.  After a second check, items are priced, using established guidelines, and then distributed for sale throughout the shop.

We take pride in offering our customers quality goods!


There are some items that we cannot accept due to government regulations, recalls, and lack of storage. Below is the list of donated items that we cannot accept:

  • Encyclopaedias And Text Books
  • Stereo Components & Speakers
  • Records/VHS Tapes/Cassettes
  • TVs
  • Computers & Equipment
  • CD Holders
  • Large Exercise Equipment
  • Old Hockey Gear
  • No Helmets of any kind
  • Life Jackets
  • Bullets
  • Medications
  • Paint
  • Dirty or Chipped China/Dishes
  • Glass Jars, (other than canning jars)
  • Old Style Suitcases
  • Venetian Blinds
  • Ironing Boards
  • Heating Pads and Electric Blankets
  • Broken/Dirty Kitchen Appliances
  • Highchairs, Cribs, Playpens, Strollers
  • Large Furniture Pieces
  • Xmas Trees – at this time
  • Baby strollers or car seats
  • Collectable Dolls or Porcelain Dolls

Donations can be dropped off at the side door of our Thrift Shop on Maple Street on Monday to Saturday from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm.

Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Store Cashiers
Sorting new merchandise at the Thrift Store
Thrift Store Christmas Room
Russ, Sports Dept.
Maintenance Manager for Chemainus Thrift Store
Melody and Jade, Managers of Thrift Store
Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Shop
Thrift Store Toys
Thrift Store Handbags

Environmental Impact

Thrift shops play a huge role in recycling, in more ways than you can imagine. It begins with the donation of quality goods brought to us by the public. This helps to keep items out of the landfills, and therefore saves energy on the manufacture, packaging and shipping of new items.

In turn, our thrift shop resells these donated items, giving them a new life, or a new purpose. By buying gently used clothing, you are helping to decrease the worldwide textile demand, and subsequent waste.

Some clothing items we are unable to sell are donated to Warmland House and Outreach, while others are repurposed for crafts, petcare, or use by our hard working trades people.

In cases where we are unable to sell/use certain items, they may be donated to Salvation Army, again keeping these items out of landfills. We also do our best to recycle all unsold plastics, glass, and paper sending them to recycling centers on the island.

2019 Golden Brush Award

2019 Golden Brush Business Excellence Award

The Golden Brush Awards honour excellence and outstanding achievement in business and community participation within Chemainus, Saltair or Crofton.

The Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Shop was awarded the Golden Brush Award in 2019 for the “Not for Profit” of the Year by the Chemainus & District Chamber of Commerce.

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