Sisters Thrift Boutique
by Keri Vermeulen
Sisters Thrift Boutique is celebrating their first anniversary at the new Guildford location this month. The trendy ladies’ fashion store is more than a collection of hip designer clothing at unbeatable prices. The store is also about care and friendship among all women, at different stages in life, coming together in true community.
A division of NightShift Street Ministries, the boutique provides a sense of sisterhood among women by bringing them together with an irresistible call to great fashion bargains. Name brand clothing and accessories are available on the floor at the Guildford store, and also through a unique online shopping experience that allows you to browse items on the website and put them on hold.
The clothing, some with tags still attached, attracts women who love a good deal, along with those who just really need one. The profits from the store go back to supporting NightShift, which reaches out nightly to street people in Whalley with friendship, food, and prayer; builds neighbourhood love with acts of kindness; and provides Christian counselling and connecting points with folks who see their value.
Sisters Thrift Boutique has been a place for women to not only shop, and donate their clothing, shoes and jewelry, but also to pitch in and volunteer. In-store manager Angie Paulson is just the lady to oversee it all with her instincts for women’s fashion sense, her warm welcome and her appreciation for all who make Sisters such a Surrey treasure. She knows most regular shoppers by name, and is quick to alert them of new arrivals they would like. She has a deep appreciation for the volunteers and the customers, each with their own unique story – and fashion sense.
“If I see something that’s going on the floor that a customer I know would like, I just call them,” Paulson shares. “The ladies have trust in us.” Managing the online component, Kathrin Hardie says shoppers feel respected at Sisters – like family. “Once people find us, they love us. They trust that they will be treated fairly.” Hardie explains it’s not only shoppers who are getting good value, but donors too. “Some stuff comes in already dry cleaned. People want to know it goes to good homes, and that it makes a difference.” That it does. Come celebrate one year in their new location, August 6, with treats, fun and a special brand-name scavenger hunt – if found, the items will be priced on-the-spot at $1. Sisters Thrift Boutique is at 14888, 104 Ave, Surrey.