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Portage thrift shop turning 30

By Johnna Ruocco, The Graphic

Kevin Hamm, manager of Portage MCC Thrift Shop, announced sales and events leading up to the shop’s 30th anniversary.

Kevin Hamm, manager of Portage MCC Thrift Shop, announced sales and events leading up to the shop’s 30th anniversary.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this article had the incorrect date of the anniversary sale.

The Portage MCC Thrift Shop is celebrating 30 years in November and is coming out with a slew of sales and giveaways to celebrate.

The unveiling of the 1983 Retrospective Wall on Tuesday, Oct. 29 will allow customers to take a walk through time.

"Because its our 30th we decided we would go back in time a little bit and start saving up things for this event. We always save special items for our anniversary but this year we decided to start saving anything that came in that was manufactured in or around 1983," said Kevin Hamm, manager of Portage MCC Thrift Shop.

There are hundreds of items that will be put in the display, which will be on display for a week before the day of the anniversary, Tuesday, Nov. 5, when all the items will go on sale.

"We wanted to give our customers an opportunity to look at some of these items because there's some very unique items that we've got," said Hamm."We're going to have a lot of nice items that we've saved up as well, including we'll be giving away 30 different door prizes to 30 different customers via a free draw on that day."

Both Portage MCC Thrift Shop and its sister store The Common Thread will be celebrating the big day with special sales.

In addition, there will be free samples of fair trade coffee and more. The store will also be giving away 30 gift bags containing $30 worth of fair trade coffee, tea, fruit and chocolate to 30 different local charitable and non-profit organizations, media, and local government agencies.

This is to help promote the Fair Trade Challenge being put on by Fair Trade Manitoba from Oct. 31 to Nov. 29.

"So we decided that in addition to increasing awareness of fair trade products available both at our store and also here in Portage we wanted to also give away some items to our suppliers and those who we've been working with over the last 30 years."

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