Members of a steering committee working on potential plans for a new thrift store are asking residents to hang onto items that could eventually be sold at a new facility.
Committee member Susie Anne Bartsch said in an interview Thursday afternoon the group made the public request earlier this month.
It was an effort to let residents know the group is continuing the work and to divert usable items from ending up in the landfill.
“As you may have heard in the local news, a group of Yukon-based NGOs have begun a collaboration to create a new community thrift store in Whitehorse, YT,” the release states.
“We recognize that it may take some time before this facility is available to the public.
“We are asking you to consider temporarily storing clean, usable items you no longer want and have not found a way to recycle until there is some kind of facility for these items to go to, rather than placing them in the landfill.”
Bartsch told the Star she was pleased to see many respond to the post on Facebook, with many promising to store their items.
“The response was really phenomenal,” Bartsch said.
The group got its start following last April’s closure of the Salvation Army’s thrift store, and the shutterings of the free stores at the city dump and the Raven Recycling Society’s premises.
No thrift store space was built into the spacious new Salvation Army shelter that opened recently.
Those involved with the free and thrift stores were finding it difficult to manage the amount of goods coming in.
Many of the items were ending up in the landfill due to their poor quality or damage sustained after sitting out in the elements for a lengthy time.
The steering committee has since been working toward gathering information about a possible thrift store.
Bartsch said the focus in the new year will be on a feasibility study about the costs and other details like a location.
“We’re absolutely scouting,” Bartsch said of finding premises.
Ideally, the group would work with a “community-minded” landlord, she added.
She said the group will likely have more details on its plans available in the new year as it moves closer to having a feasibility study completed.
Bartsch noted, though, that work is underway.
She hopes that residents will be able to set aside clothing and other potential items for the future store.
The group will work to keep the community updated as it moves forward.