LOCATION & CONTACT
33 Bridge Street, Carleton Place Ontario, K7C 2V2
Monday: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am – 8:00pm – OPEN LATER!
Friday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
The success of the As Good As New Store is due to our wonderful volunteers. Since the store is run exclusively by our team of dedicated volunteers, we are able to put all money generated by its sales into our women’s and children’s programs.
Would you like to make a difference for women and children in Lanark County? You can join our team. Visit our Volunteer Page to download the Volunteer Application package or contact the Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com or 613-257-3469 ext. 64
How to Donate
Please bring your gently-used donations right to the store. *Note: to help our volunteers, it is best to bring donations during our normal business hours. We appreciate your consideration.
We gratefully accept quality women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and accessories and small household items. Our store is not large, so sadly we cannot accept furniture, garage sale left-overs (large quantities all at once), or electronics like stereos or computers.
Donating Directly to the Women and Children
The As Good As New acts as our ‘closet’ for our clients. Since we have limited storage space, and due to Health Canada guidelines regarding second-hand products, we cannot accept gently used items directly at the shelter. Our women can come and shop at the store with gift certificates to ensure they get items that work for themselves and their children – including clothing, housewares, etc.
We thank everyone who wants to support the women directly and we assure you that by donating to the As Good As New Store, your donation will directly affect not only the quality of service we are able to provide to our clients, but also helps them to have the things that they need to move on successfully with a new life free from violence. Thank you for your support!
If you have large items to donate – appliances (such as stoves, fridges, freezers), furniture (such as beds, tables, couches), or electronics (such as televisions, stereos, etc.) please bring them to The Rebound Re-use It Centre at 14 Industrial Drive, Mississippi Mills, ON K0A 1A0. Call them at 613-256-1700.
You may also try the Salvation Army Thrift Store in Perth (95 Wilson Street W, Perth, ON K7H 2P1 – 613-267-6260) or Salvation Army Thrift Store in Smiths Falls (49 Chambers Street, Smiths Falls, ON K7A 2Y5 – 613-283-8311). Be sure to call ahead to see if they have space for your donation (especially in the case of furniture/large appliances).
Herstory of the As Good As New store
The As Good As New Store has been located at 33 Bridge Street in Carleton Place for over 35 years. Snuggled between The Good Food Company and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, the As Good As New Store has served as one of Interval House’s largest fundraisers for just about as long as LCIH has been around.
Interval House initially sought donations from the community to meet the clothing needs for women and children who were seeking refuge at the shelter. This effort inevitably initiated the As Good As New Store in 1980, a volunteer-run second-hand clothing boutique that also provides funds to operate the shelter.
As a grassroots volunteer organization (and one of the earlier shelters to open in Canada), Interval House was desperately in need of funds to maintain its services. For years, the store has resold donations to the community and provided abused women and their children with clothing and related needs for free. Yet in the beginning, as new staff were hired to help run the shelter, the As Good As New revenues also helped to pay many salaries. On more than one occasion, staff pay cheques were dependent upon receipts gathered from the store.
Since its move to Bridge Street in 1981, the As Good As New Store has undergone many changes. In the Spring of 2005, the store underwent a complete overhaul: walls were torn down, and the old hardwood floors and tin ceilings were restored. While the store maintains its warm boutique style, the renovations have helped to make it more spacious, pristine, and barrier-free. Most recently this last Fall 2016 and this past Spring 2017, our floors were re-done and restored, polished, and our walls were freshly repainted. Projects such as these are made possible by our amazing team at the store, with support of volunteers from organizations such as the Harvest Community Church.
Today, the As Good As New Store remains one of Interval House’s most successful fundraising efforts, largely due to the incredible generosity, compassion, and hard work of its volunteers. Each year, volunteers contribute thousands of hours of their time and energy to smoothly running the store. The store operations are still overseen by a volunteer committee who together contribute an additional 100 hours of their time.
The wealth of local donations and volunteer hours that keep the As Good As New Store operating are a testimony to the commitment and strength of our community. Each and every contribution directly helps to keep Interval House afloat, and therefore goes a long way to help women and children rebuild their lives after abuse.
The As Good As New Store is the fortunate recipient of donations from several area clothing stores. We are pleased and privileged to be able to offer these donations to our loyal customers. Thank you to the following merchants:
Bella Women’s Boutique in Bells Corners sends lovely women’s clothing and accessories to the As Good As New Store in Carleton Place. These donations help us run our day-to-day shelter and outreach programs through the funds generated from this merchandise. Thanks to Bella’s for the support!
Ray Maclaren & the staff at the Carleton Place Giant Tiger continue to support LCIH’s mission and values. Giant Tiger regularly donates boxes full of new clothes to be sold again in our As Good As New Store.
Trove Home Décor is truly a ‘treasure trove’ of rare, unique finds and modern pieces at affordable prices. In the store you will find one of a kind treasures hand selected by an experienced interior designer who is passionate about helping the people of Ottawa make their homes beautiful! Through our ever-changing inventory our goal is to inspire those who shop with us to engage their inner designer.
We are also happy to have the support of sister store Trove Fashion!
AMH Style located in Wellington West in Ottawa has many years of experience in the fashion industry, and it’s run by entrepreneurial stylish sisters who know how to style, showcase & sell! They carry ladies’ name brand & high-end fashion labels from Joe Fresh to Louis Vuitton; clothes, purses, shoes, jewelry, you name it. We thank them for their ongoing support.
Boomerang Kids is a Canadian franchise chain of resale stores. Most of the stores’ inventory is consigned by families in the local communities the stores serve. About 25% of Boomerang Kids stores’ merchandise is new product, or “factory fresh” items. Boomerang Kids stores operate in Ontario and Quebec. We thank Boomerang Kids Barrhaven for their support!
My Sister’s Closet is Kanata’s only consignment shop that carries women’s and children’s clothing and accessories, home decor and select home furnishings. We thank them for their support!
Rickochet Resale in Ottawa features women’s fashion brands in clothes, purses, jewellery, shoes, belts, scarves and other accessories, with a focus on items made with natural fabrics (i.e. cotton, silk, linen, hemp etc). We thank their Westboro store for their support!
Thank you for your support!