Children's Thrift Sale in Kingston supports Military Families
Military spouses at CFB Kingston have once again organized their Spring Children's Thrift Sale on base. Hundreds of people come from all over, some even as far as Toronto to shop at the event.
This year's sale will feature over 100 vendors and take place this Saturday, April 21, at 9 AM at the Thompson Drill Hall. Admission is $2 and shoppers are reminded that this is a CASH only event. A half-price sale begins at noon and runs until close at 1 PM.
Sale items include gently used clothing and footwear for children, a good selection of maternity clothing and baby stuff such as high chairs, strollers and activity centers.
The sale was started nine years ago by a small group of military wives in the basement of the Batoche Community Centre as a way to sell clothes and toys their children had outgrown. In recent years it has grown so large it needed to be moved to a larger facility.
The Thrift Sale has also turned into a not-for-profit event run solely for the benefit of military families and organized by a dedicated group of 13 volunteers and another 70 who manage the sale on Saturday.
Denise Rochat, one of the sale's organizers, says the event has become so popular that the group now organizes two sales: one in the spring and another in the fall. She advises people to get there early though.
"People start lining up at 6:30 AM for the opening at 9:00 AM," says Rochat. "This is big fundraiser for our base. We have raised up to $1500 which has been used to support the children's playroom, library and teen center on the base."
For more information visit childrensthriftsale.com.