Like many businesses during COVID-19 the Thrift Store’s volunteer base was drastically reduced. This affected all of our departments, but particularly our Donations Receiving area. With restrictions easing, we have been able to resume our regular 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’d like to help us out by volunteering your time, please click here.

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
  • DO NOT LEAVE 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 orderly and neat
  • 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
  • NO TRUCK LOADS, please!

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


  • adult clothing, shoes & boots
  • children's clothing size 4 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
  • seasonal decorations
  • 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
  • auto accessories
  • office & school supplies
  • video & audio recordings (no copies), records & related equipment
  • CD's, LP's and other original music recordings
  • pet supplies
  • garden supplies
  • cash donations


  • TV's & microwaves
  • computers & monitors – for alternate donation sites click here
  • baby car seats & walkers
  • infant clothing, infant toys and infant furniture
  • helmets of any kind
  • skateboards
  • furniture
  • mattresses
  • paints & chemicals
  • items that are broken


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 Healthcare 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 Healthcare Auxiliary? Please send your letter of intent to the address. above.

We are grateful for your generosity.