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Thrift Shops


MCC Thrift Shops are recycling pioneers

In 1972, the year that MCC Thrift Shops first opened in Altona, Manitoba, MCC announced a significant cutback in material aid requests. Used clothing from North America was not needed in countries where MCC was doing relief and it was less expensive and more appropriate to purchase the goods closer to the scene of the emergency.

Donations of clothing and household items continued to arrive in local depots and the idea of selling the goods locally and forwarding the proceeds to MCC was born. Volunteers in the newly opened thrift shops developed clever ideas for turning unwearable and unusable surplus items into blankets, pot holders, pencil cases, garden gates - the ideas are endless!

Why Shop Thrift?

  1. Respect for the Environment:
    Reselling used goods means fewer items in the landfill
  2. Respect Your Wallet:
    Prices are a fraction of traditional retail stores
  3. Support Our World:
    Profits are used for relief, peace and justice through the work of Mennonite Central Committee


Our Principles of Operation

We commit ourselves to Christian faith in action by:

  • Offering a friendly, caring presence in the community
  • Volunteering our time and talents
  • Receiving and reselling donated items
  • Informing the churches and community of the Mennonite Central Committee mission
  • Supporting the mission of Mennonite Central Committee by generating income


Find a Thrift Shop near you.