Aylmer Thrift Store
Aylmer Thrift Store staff and volunteers are working hard to follow COVID-19 safety procedures and ask for your patience and understanding as we all work together to keep our community as safe as possible. Please read below for updates and instructions for donating and shopping.
Thank you for your continued support!
Hours & Location
EXTENDING HOURS TO SERVE YOU:
Beginning Thursday, August 12, we will start receiving donations on Thursdays 10am-2pm, in addition to Saturdays 10am-4pm. We understand that not everyone is available to drop off their donations on Saturdays and are adding in another day to better meet your needs.
Starting Friday, August 13, retail hours on Fridays will be extended! Retail will now be open on Fridays from 10am-7pm.
The Aylmer Thrift Store increased capacity for shoppers as of Friday, July 15, with the move into Step 3 of the Ontario Reopening Plan,
- Maximum of 50 customers in the store at one time. Please continue to be respectful of distancing when in the store.
- Retail hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-4pm, Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm.
- Thursdays 10am-2pm
- Saturdays 10am-4pm (preferred drop off day for large items)
- If you have a large donation, please call ahead: 519-765-1356. Thank you for dropping off donations only during these designated times. If you would like to volunteer with us, please give us a call!
Please be prepared that there may be longer wait times for shopping and donations receiving. We will continue to serve you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding!
The Aylmer Thrift Store continues to follow Public Health guidelines for COVID-19 safety, including guidelines on face coverings, sanitizing, and distancing.
COVID-19 Safety Measures
Please drop off your donations only within designated donation hours to prevent theft, loss, and damage. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
- We will serve one vehicle at a time; please remain in your vehicle until it is your turn.
- Donors will be asked to unload their donations into Thrift Store carts. If help is needed to unload then we ask that the donor stay in their vehicle and two store staff or volunteers will unload the items.
- No donations will be received outside of donation hours. Receiving will be cutoff at the end of the posted hours. If you are not able to make your donation, we ask that you return on the next receiving day.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and patience!
Thank you for supporting your local community by shopping at the Aylmer Thrift Store!
- Face coverings must be worn in the Aylmer Thrift Store. If you do not bring one with you, they are available to purchase for $1.00. Please see more details below. *
- We ask that you keep your visit short; please try not to be more than 30 minutes.
- Only one or two members per household come at one time.
- Number of shoppers in the store at one time will be limited. Every shopper will be asked to use either a basket or shopping cart so we can keep count of the number of people going in. Baskets and shopping carts will be sanitized between uses.
- No public washrooms and no change rooms available at this time.
*As per the Southwestern Public Health Unit, as of July 30 at 11:59pm, face coverings must be worn in all enclosed public spaces including the Aylmer Thrift Store. Your face covering must cover your mouth, nose, & chin without gaping. Visit www.swpublichealth.ca/facecoverings for more information, exemptions, and resources for how to safely wear a face covering.
Thank you for your patience and understanding! We look forward to seeing you again!
What Can I donate?
The Aylmer Thrift Store strictly takes only donations - we do not buy to resell. PLEASE do not leave donations outside after hours. We value your donations.
- Box springs
- Small desks
- Pictures & picture frames
- Clothing, shoes, & boots
- Jewelry & purses
- Home Decor
- Housewares - dishes, glassware, pots, pans, utensils
- Linen items - bedding, towels, drapery, & pillows
- Small appliances
- Books, toys, & games
- Seasonal items - valentines, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas
- Large appliances - fridges, stoves, washers, & dryers
- Automotive parts
- Large metal desks
- VHS tapes
- Entertainment units
- Hide a beds
- Halloween decorations
- Helmets - of any kind*
- Child or infant car seats*
- Change tables*
*In accordance with Health Canada guidelines, we do not accept these items
Different areas to volunteer including cashiers, receivers, and pricing.
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Our thrift store provides a good affordable option for people in our community to obtain good clothing, shoes, books and household items. Donated items come from the public, and are sold often upcycled or repurposed. We are a locally owned thrift shop who support programs in our community and global programs through MCC.
Your Thrift Store Donations @ Work in Your Community and Around the World
The cardboard boxes your items arrive in and those clothes and toys that are truly not usable are diverted from the landfill through an arrangement with a recycling company. When you donate to MCS’ Community Store there’s more to feel great about: all the proceeds from the sales of your items are put back into the local community as well as countries around the world. In the last four years, more than $100,000 has been distributed through MCC to aid in world-wide relief and the same amount has been put into programs in Elgin County through MCS. De-clutter, re-use, recycle and raise funds for those in need… now, that’s a lot of impact for your unwanted items!
Customer Appreciation & Christmas Sales The Customer Appreciation Sale is held in the spring, and the Christmas Sale in November. These events draw many people through our doors, allowing us to rotate stock and present new finds for our customers. Silent Auctions Along with other themed window displays, our silent auctions have been successful in promoting interest from the public and getting new customers into the store. Volunteer Appreciation Activities Volunteer appreciation suppers are hosted at least five times throughout the year. They are hosted by the various churches that are constituents of MCS. Arts and Crafts Many of our unusable fabric materials are given new life through the talents of many people. Some of our volunteers turn discarded fabrics into works of art, salvaging materials for quilts and throws, while others outfit all of our dolls with new, handcrafted clothing or turn old stuffed animals into new pillows that are greatly appreciated by many, including families coming to the area for seasonal work. We send quilts to the annual New Hamburg MCC Quilt Auction to support MCC.
Store Manager: Linda Miller
Assistant Manager & Retail Supervisor: Marie Dyck
Receiving Supervisor: Pedro Dyck
Support Staff: Agatha Giesbrecht, Ryan Wall
Our stock is graciously provided by donations from the public. We could not provide any of our services without this generosity.