'Looks like a boutique': The Mustard Seed Thrift Store opening soon

New thrift store to open

Local thrifters will soon have another place to find treasures.

The Mustard Seed Thrift Store at 342 Seymour St. is almost ready to welcome customers, with a soft opening planned for next Tuesday (Aug. 4) and a grand opening set for mid-August. 

The downtown store, formerly known as Thrift City, closed June 2019 after 18 years of being in operation. At the time, former managing director of the Mustard Seed, Diane Down, said the store had been struggling for a few years. The non-profit also wanted to shift the business to a social enterprise.

The Mustard Seed announced in late January of this year that it was hoping for a spring reopening. However, the COVID-19 pandemic changed that.

"We had to stop everything because of COVID and help the homeless," Diana Corriveau, the store's current manager, tells Castanet.

She says staff decided not to carry the Thrift City name forward because the revamped space is nothing like its former self. 

"It looks like a boutique," Corriveau says, noting there's everything from clothing to home decor. "I had a customer walk in accidentally, (who) went, 'Is this a new store? This isn’t a thrift store, is it?' It looks like a brand new retail store. We’ve put the best of the best out."

The thrift store will offer volunteer and employment opportunities for those who are part of the Men's Sober Living Centre, she adds. All proceeds from the social enterprise will either pay for salaries or to be reinvested in the Mustard Seed programs.

If you have anything in your closet or home you'd like to get rid of, Corriveau says they're always looking for donations (just no furniture). Tools are another wish list item. Donations can be dropped off, via the back alley, Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The thrift store's hours will be Monday to Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Corriveau says COVID-19 protocols will be in place, including a limit of 25 people in the store at one time. 

"We're following all the rules and regulations."


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