Reduce - Recycle - Repurpose
Did you know that BVO diverted more than 234,535 pounds of material and goods from landfill in 2019?
Our retail store, The Treasure Shop, sells quality recycled children’s, women’s, men’s clothing, toys, books and housewares at very reasonable prices. With the population of the Blue Mountains continuing to grow every year, we take multiple steps to reduce, reuse, and recycle, while generating funds to help support vital programs and services in the community. BVO is truly a recycling champion. In 2019, our efforts were acknowledged by the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce with it’s Sustainable Innovation award.
Approximately 180 BVO volunteers work diligently every week in the Treasure Shop to sort and price a large volume of items generously donated from the community via Drop Boxes located on site. Most donated items are sold in the Treasure Shop or used in BVO programs. Some go to other charities, organizations and families in need both local and farther afield. Some items are diverted from landfill in other ways. Clothing that is not sellable goes to textile recycling via “send-on-bags” that are picked up regularly by Diabetes Canada, for which BVO is reimbursed. We also divert appropriate items to Habitat for Humanity.
BVO is always grateful for donations of good quality, saleable clothing and housewares for our treasure shop. But there are some items that we simply can not use, resulting in extra work for our volunteers and expense for their disposal. The signs on our donation bins show the items that we cannot sell. Please help us by omitting them.
Some of the items that BVO cannot accept include: baby equipment (strollers, cribs, etc.), assistive devices (walkers, etc.), large paintings, light fixtures and ceiling fans (table lamps are welcome); microwave ovens, computers, TV sets, sharp Knives, life jackets, protective helmets, mattresses, wire coat hangers and anything that is soiled, ripped, rusted or broken.
If you are unsure about an item you are thinking of donating, please ask a Treasure Shop volunteer or call us. Please note: we do not need donations of plastic bags, and we encourage you to bring your own reusable shopping bags when you come to the store.
Thank you for helping us make good things happen in our community with your donations! Please Consider becoming a Treasure Shop volunteer!
Treasure Shop Hours
Treasure Shop and Donation Bins are closed and will remain closed until further notice during the COVID-19 Provincial lockdown. We apologize for the inconvenience. Stay safe.