Past and present volunteers with the St. Paul’s Anglican Church Thrift Store gathered on the lawn in front of the church to celebrate the store’s 50th anniversary with a cake cutting.

Past and present volunteers with the St. Paul’s Anglican Church Thrift Store gathered on the lawn in front of the church to celebrate the store’s 50th anniversary with a cake cutting.

Thrift Store celebrates its golden anniversary

Fifty years and going strong.

Jessica Schwitek

reporter2@thegoldenstar.net

The cake was cut as dozens of people browsed the tables of forgotten treasures.

The St. Paul’s Anglican Church Thrift Store had a Treasures from the Attic yard sale on Saturday to commemorate the store’s 50th anniversary.

The lawn in front of the church was filled with a dozen tables, covered with collectables and antiques that the Thrift Store has been storing for the occasion for months.

“We usually sell things right away when they come into the store, but we knew this was coming up so we’ve been holding on to them,” said Judy Diamond, a volunteer at the Thrift Store.

“Our mission has always  been to help those who can’t afford to buy new clothes, and just to help out in the community,” she said.

Current and former volunteers with the store gathered for the event which included a few words from Councillor Chris Hambruch.

“It’s a great pleasure to be here today,” said Hambruch. “The Thrift Store continues today to make a great contribution to the community. And without volunteers, this sort of thing couldn’t happen.”

Two longtime former volunteers Ruth Estui and Louise Falbo, also made it out for the occasion. “I’m just so glad we were able to get them out,” said Diamond.

“We went in all the time on Saturdays,” said Estui. “We were the Saturday ladies.”

Unaware of quite how many years she spent with the store, Estui recalled how she started there.

“I was in church every week and they asked me if I wanted to volunteer at the store. I wasn’t really doing anything else,” she said with a smile. “I had no idea I would be there that long.”

The church is also celebrating its 120th anniversary this year in December, commemorating the 9th Street building that is now one of the oldest in Golden.