The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Fort Erie is a vital resource for the work of the Army in our community.  Profits from the sale of donated items are used to operate our daily operations and programs.

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Come find your deal of the day at:

84 Wintemute St.
Fort Erie, ON
Phone: 905-871-9433

Hours:

Regular Hours - Monday to Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm.

 

Who owns or operates Salvation Army Thrift Stores?

The Salvation Army in Canada owns and operates all Salvation Army Thrift Stores and has done so for more than 100 years. All Salvation Army Thrift Stores, are 100% charity-based, and exist to generate funds to support Salvation Army programs and services that help residents in the areas in which they operate. Donated clothing and other goods are efficiently and ethically recycled and sold to offer practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life.

Who do I contact to receive help from The Salvation Army such as food, clothing and household goods?

Please contact The Salvation Army - Fort Erie Community & Family Services to find out how they can help you at 905-871-1592.

How much of the funds generated by Salvation Army Thrift Stores are directed to charity?

Once operating costs are covered, 100% of all proceeds go towards supporting the charity. The Salvation Army's most recent audited financial statement indicates that 86% of all monies received by The Salvation Army go directly to the charitable work - only 4% goes to fundraising and 9% to administration.

How can I donate clothing, toys and other household items?

We gladly accept donations daily during store hours. Donors can drop off their gently-used clothing, shoes, used electronics, bric-a-brac, and a wide assortment of everyday household items behind the store between 10:00am and 4:45pm, Monday to Saturday.

Please do not leave items outside the office on Gilmore Rd.  All donations are to be taken to our Thrift Store.

Does the Salvation Army offer a donation pick-up service?

Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to provide a pick-up service.

Donors can drop-off furniture directly at our Thrift Stores provided the item is in good reusable condition. 

For health and safety reasons, we do not accept used mattresses, box springs, pull out or sleeper sofas.

How does the Salvation Amy recycle clothing items that are not sold in Thrift Stores?

Salvation Army Thrift Stores often receives donated clothing that cannot be sold in stores because it is torn, stained and/or overly worn.  The Salvation Army is still able to generate funds from these clothing donations and divert them from local landfills by selling them to cloth graders. The cloth graders re-sort the materials; turning some into rags, selling other parts for the fibre content used to make things such as upholstery stuffing and carpet padding, or resells the items in foreign markets.  This results in a win-win situation for the environment and for The Salvation Army as these clothing items stay out of our landfills and generate funds to help our organization provide community programs and services such as local food banks, shelters, daycare programs and children's camps.

How does the Salvation Army Help to Divert Waste from Local Landfills?

The Salvation Army makes every effort to be as environmentally conscious as possible. The recycling of unsellable goods, or parts of goods like scrap metal stripped from an appliance, is a large part of our intake and review process for donations. Unsellable books and shoes are sold by the pound, corrugated cardboard is baled and sold reground and reused, and damaged clothing is baled and sold by the pound as textiles. We also sell plastic, metal and soft toys to recyclers.  Salvation Army Thrift Stores also act as collection sites where consumers and businesses can drop off broken or unwanted electronics. We ensure that all of these unsellable items are recycled ethically and that none of them end up in our landfills.

How do Salvation Army Thrift Stores determine the value or price of items?

All Salvation Army Thrift Stores take the same factors into account when pricing items for sale. These include quality and condition, seasonality, style, brand name, uniqueness and rarity.  Items that are in superior quality and condition will be priced at a higher price point than those that are in fair to good condition.  The brand recognition or fashionable appeal of an item also helps us to determine the price point.

Does the Salvation Army Thrift Store only sell used items?

Salvation Army Thrift Stores sell gently-used clothing and other household items donated by the public. However, Salvation Army Thrift Stores also receive donations of brand new product including clothing, furniture and other items from businesses.