After being closed for three months due to water damage sustained during the wildfires, the Yellowknife Thrift Store had their grand re-opening earlier this week, and things seem to be going well.
Tony Brushett, the Executive Director & Associate Corps Officer with the Yellowknife Salvation Army, says that the Thrift Store has been busy all week. While the store has seen increased traffic, donations have also been coming in at a steady rate as well.
“It allows us to have new product on the floor every day, especially for the repeat shopper.”
Tony added that he greatly appreciates the support he has seen over the last few weeks, as with Christmas on the way, all the help allows the Salvation Army to support nearly 750 families around the NWT.
As Tony had previously shared, back on August 16th, the day the order came from the City to evacuate due to the wildfires, something inside the building broke and caused a flood that night. So for three weeks, nearly all of the thrift store’s inventory sat helpless in water, resulting in around $100,000 in damages.