The share shed at the waste transfer station. Garage sales. Swap and buy and sell boards on Facebook. Growing Great Children’s Great Closet Clean-Out. There are a host of informal ways to keep useful (not no longer wanted) items in circulation, out of landfill. And now, in addition to Prospects on Prospect Street, Pemberton has a Re Use It Centre, a triple bottom line business run by Sea to Sky Community Services Society, with profits funnelling back into community programming.
Reuse It Pemberton opened in the old Liquor Store space on Aster Street in October.
(Just in case you have a few extraneous Christmas gifts that need, uh, regifting… You can drop off new or gently used goods on Wednesday and Saturday during opening hours.)
Grab a deal on kitchenware, linens, sports equipment, furniture, small appliances and decorative items. Many of the items for sale are profiled on the Reuse It Pemberton Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/reuse.it.pemberton
- Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 – 5
- 604 384 6101, firstname.lastname@example.org
“We’re in such a society of excess,” says Vanessa Whitehead, Store Manager (pictured above). “A lot of this stuff would be thrown out if people couldn’t bring it here, so it’s a great tool for moving us as a community towards Zero Waste. A lot of people don’t want to spend a fortune to set up a place. Our customers are a really wide demographic – curious browsers, seniors, young parents with kids picking up an inexpensive book or toy, shift workers doing their laundry and picking up a supply of movies for when they head back up north. We don’t see a lot of grumpy customers. Mostly, we serve people who are curious or really happy because they just got something they needed for a really cheap price.”