April 20, 2024

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Thrift Shop Purcoy Pass: Sophie has been taking on the challenge for 14 years

Friperie Pourquoi Pas : Sophie relève le défi depuis 14 ans

Jasmine Jacques, intern

As the cost of living continues to rise, recycling is more relevant than ever for many families. Sophie Gagnon, of Why not a thrift store? Of Dolbeau-Mistassini, it became a valuable subject for more than 14 years.

“Before, people had a lot of prejudices against thrift stores, but luckily, the mentality has changed. They’re starting to be more open-minded and I can feel that in my clients. People have to stop thinking these are used clothes, I have some pieces that have never been used,” she said.

The store, located on Wahlberg Boulevard, offers a wide variety of products. From clothes for adults, to crockery sets, not to forget all the articles for children. Considering the huge size of the articles provided, two floors are required to expose them.

Although she’s been in business for almost 15 years, Sophie Gagnon hasn’t lost sight of the reasons she decided to open her thrift store.

“I know my regular customers and when these people come to visit me and tell me at the checkout that they don’t have money, I sometimes give them things. Don’t forget that my goal is to help people. »

standing up

With the presence of many competitors, the advent of many resale sites on the Internet or online shopping, thrift stores must redouble their efforts to stay in the race. For Sophie Gagnon, you have to know how to find ways to stand out.

“My retro clothing corner is in high demand. I have a lot of clients from Quebec who obviously come here to come and buy my pieces. Otherwise, my customers are very loyal and I thank them for their support. »

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Pay it forward

Sophie Gagnon recently received a donation of about 30 wedding dresses and ball gowns from a boutique that was closing its doors. To return, owner Why not a thrift store? All profits from the sale of these items will be donated to Maison Colombe-Villeux.

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