Thrift Store Receiving Hours:

Monday – Friday: 9 am – 3 pm

Saturday: 9 am – 2 pm

There may be unforeseen circumstances when the generosity of our community overwhelms our volunteer capacity in the Donations Receiving area. Please forgive us when we need to close our gates temporarily. Volunteers are doing their best to process the items you bring in. If you have some free time and would like to volunteer in receiving, please click here to find out more information about how to become a volunteer.

Please follow these guidelines to donate your household and clothing items:

  • Please bring items to our volunteers inside the receiving gate during Donation Receiving hours
  • We would appreciate not leaving items outside our gates after hours. This creates clean-up problems for our staff and volunteers, and your items are at risk of being stolen or damaged by weather or animals. We want to avoid spoilage and keep our external premises clean and neat
  • We have limited space for “out of season” items (such as Christmas decorations and winter coats) during the summer. Please bring those to us in the fall.
  • We only accept clean, freshly washed, saleable clothing and household items
  • No stains, tears, dirty, or damaged goods, please
  • If you wouldn’t want to use it, please discard it in your municipal garbage and/or recycling waste. Otherwise, it costs us disposal fees that reduce our funding capacity to the community
  • Please, no trucks loads! We currently do not have the staff to sort through large volumes of donated goods.

For more information, please call our Thrift Store (250) 245-5225, option #5. Managers will be pleased to help you.


  • adult clothing, shoes & boots
  • infant clothing including blankets and linens
  • children’s clothing (newborn and up)
  • linens, blankets and sleeping bags
  • reusable shopping bags, egg cartons, cookie tins and fancy boxes
  • hardware & electrical items, tools
  • housewares, small appliances
  • pictures & frames
  • collectibles, antiques & ornaments
  • light fixtures & lamps
  • clocks, watches, jewelry
  • books & magazines (Magazines must be dated within the current year)
  • seasonal decorations (please do not bring in Christmas items during Spring and Summer, save those for you Fall donations)
  • fabric, sewing supplies, sewing machines
  • yarn, knitting and crochet needles, patterns, etc.
  • craft supplies, silk flowers
  • toys, games, puzzles, dolls
  • sports equipment, bicycles, ice skates, skis & snowboards (please donate these in fall and winter months only)
  • auto accessories
  • office & school supplies
  • video & audio recordings, records & related equipment
  • CD’s, LP’s and other original music recordings
  • pet supplies
  • garden supplies
  • cash donations

Ladysmith Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Store Location


  • Televisions and microwaves
  • computers and monitors – for alternate donation sites click here
  • baby car seats and walkers
  • infant toys and infant furniture
  • helmets of any kind
  • skateboards, Heely’s roller blades
  • furniture
  • mattresses
  • paints & chemicals
  • items that are broken
  • we are currently not accepting hangars


Peerless Recycling Centre – Ladysmith

For the items we cannot accept, please consider taking them to the Peerless Road Recycling Centre. Click on this link for more information, address, phone and hours of operation.

What can I bring to a Recycling Centre?

CVRD Recycling Centres accept over 650 items for disposal. This includes:

  • Plastic bags, wrappers & snack bags
  • Styrofoam packaging
  • Glass jars & bottles
  • Refundable beverage containers
  • Batteries, electronic, large and small appliances
  • Food waste, organics & yard waste
  • Household hazardous waste
  • Scrap metal
  • Clean & painted lumber
  • Tires
  • Upholstered furniture

Return It – Vancouver Island

For any electronic items we cannot accept, please consider taking them to the Return It Centre . Click on this link for more information on returning unwanted electronics for recycling in BC.


Donations from our community are the heart of our organization. We are thankful to all residents of the greater Cowichan Valley, Ladysmith and Nanimo regions that contribute items for sale in our Thrift Store and Gift Shop.

In Memoriam and Bequeathal Donations

You may like to make a financial donation in memory of a loved one as a positive way of commemorating a life lived.

To donate, please send your cheque to:

Ladysmith Health Care Auxiliary

PO Box 1151

Ladysmith, BC V9G 1A8

Please remember to include your name, address and any other contact information. We will send you a tax receipt. Also include the name and address of the person you wish to honour. We will then inform the family of your gift.

Perhaps you would like to bequeath a portion of your Estate or your Will to the Ladysmith Health Care Auxiliary? Please send your letter of intent to the address. above.

We are grateful for your generosity.