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Big opening day Saturday for Coquitlam's newest thrift store

Burquitlam Plaza lost a thrift store when Value Village moved out. Now there's a new thrift store opening and it supports a good cause.

Staff are busy prepping clothing, shoes, housewares and accessories for the grand opening Saturday (June 3) for Coquitlam's newest charity thrift store.

The Low Entropy Thrift & Fund store will open 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 3 at 408-552 Clarke Rd. in Burquitlam Plaza.

"We are very excited to open our doors," said manager Bryanna Saggers, who said people have been stopping by asking about the store opening.

Ahead of the big grand opening, staff were busy preparing a large collection of gently used goods that will be for sale, including jewelry, artwork, small appliances and children's clothing.

If you shop at this new thrift store in Coquitlam, you'll not only get great deals but you'll be helping a good cause.

The store is operated by the Low Entropy Foundation, a charity that offers free programs to youth, seniors and at-risk families in the Tri-Cities.

Money raised from this store will go toward the local programs.

The Tri-City News took a tour of the store Friday and found it well-stocked with items, including some nice jewelry, books, hats, purses and sunglasses — and shoes that were sized for easy shopping.

The 2,200 sq. ft. store doesn't have change rooms, but items can be exchanged for same-priced goods, said Saggers.

There are also two quiet spaces and a comfy seating area for shoppers to relax.

It's a bigger store than one previously opened at Low Entropy offices on Shaughnessy Street in Port Coquitlam.

Helping support the opening is Keep it Green Recycling, which donated clothing, and VanCity, which contributed $20,000 to help launch Thrift and Fund.

Opening day hours will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

You can also donate items during store hours, but don't leave anything outside because it's costly to take stuff to the dump.

For more information on the Thrift and Fund store, visit the website.