Thrift shop deals reach the Sister Islands

Cayman’s most affordable shopping experience was a hit with Cayman Brac bargain hunters recently.

For three days, the Cayman Islands Red Cross’ Thrift Shop held sales at the newly-established Cayman Brac & Little Cayman chapter office on Polack Drive. It is hoped that in time the new chapter will have its very own Red Cross thrift shop.

The weekend started on Friday, 28 August with a preview sale, continued for two sessions the next day and finished with a 9am to noon sale on Sunday.

‘Shoppers were ready and eager for the store to open,’ Remy Imperial, Grand Cayman’s thrift shop’s manager said.

According to a Red Cross release, she was encouraged by the response having made the trip to help the Sister Islands chapter set up.

‘They were lining up and waiting for us to open, and when we finally did everyone rushed in ready to shop. It was great to see such enthusiasm,’ Ms Imperial said.

Clothing, books and household items were provided via donations from residents and businesses from Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac.

‘I am overwhelmed by the support that the community has given,’ Carrie Beckford-Grant the new chapter’s co-ordinator said.

Grand Cayman Thrift Shop volunteers, Dulsey McCoy and Rodan Asuncion also flew over to assist the Sister Islands volunteers and to share their knowledge and experience with their Brac counterparts.

‘The Thrift Shop is first and foremost a programme of the Red Cross, making it very different from a regular retail shop,’ Mrs. Imperial explained.

‘Brac chapter volunteers will have a tremendous role to play in ensuring that the shop is run successfully, and it’s great to have other volunteers be a part of the sharing of ‘best practices’ so that everyone is on the same page,’ she added.

Given the huge turnout and support shown by Brac residents, the Red Cross sales will be held at the end of October and November. ‘Dates for each sale will be announced well in advance,’ Red Cross Director, Jondo Obi said.

‘Special dates are being worked out for December to ensure that those who need to get their holiday shopping done will have the opportunity to do so, and those will also be announced well in advance,’ she added.

The Sister Islands Chapter Thrift Shop is currently accepting lightly used donations such as clothing, shoes, appliances, books, and other goods.

For more information on the Sister Islands Chapter Thrift Shop, to make a donation or schedule a pick up of items, contact 322-2622 or 928-0240.