AGAN Store Hours:
33 Bridge Street, Carleton Place Ontario, K7C 2V2
The success of the As Good As New store is due to our wonderful volunteers.
The store is run entirely by volunteers which allows us to put all revenue into LCIH for our women and children’s programs.
Would you like to make a difference for women and children in Lanark County? You can join our team. Contact Heather Whiting, Fundraising/Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com or 613-257-3469 ex 27
History of the As Good As New store
As Good As New has been located at 33 Bridge Street in Carleton Place for over 30 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 as long.
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 for free. Yet, in the beginning, as new staff were hired to help run the shelter, the As Good As New revenues also helped 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.
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. In this past fiscal year alone, volunteers have already contributed more than 4170 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.
*Note, to help our volunteers, we would appreciate you trying to bring donations during our normal business hours.
The As Good As New store is the fortunate recipient of donations from several area clothing stores. We are pleased an privileged to be able to offer these donations to our loyal customers. Thank you to the following merchants.
Vickie’s Specialty Shop in Smiths Falls is a long-time friend and supporter Lanark County Interval House and of our As Good As New Store in Carleton Place. She sends us fantastic, high quality clothing, jewellery, accessories and even decorations for the home. We thank Vickie for her support.
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!
Jo’s Clothes has been supporting us from Beautiful Perth Ontario. This consignment store regularly sends high-end shoes, accessories and clothing in a wide range of sizes for us to sell to raise funds for the shelter. Thank you Jo!
Ray Maclaren & the staff at the Carleton Place Giant Tiger continues 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. The monies earned from these sales directly benefit the women and children who use our services. Thank you!
Thank you for your support!