Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SOS is only able to offer essential services. This includes: Meals on Wheels, Emergency Assistance & Advocacy (by phone),  Seniors Advocacy (by phone), Counselling Referral (online), Seniors grocery shopping and Friendly Phone Visiting (through Ocenaside Better at Home and BC211), the Homeless Prevention Program and the Income Tax program (by phone). SOS Thrift Shop is closed until further notice and cannot accept donations until we reopen. SOS Community Services Centres are closed, and volunteer activities are suspended with the exception of a few areas. For more information or for assistance, call 250-248-2093. Monetary donations are critical at this time to keep our services available. If you are able, please consider donating. We wish you good health and hope to reconnect again soon.

SOS Thrift Shop

SOS Thrift Shop

The SOS Thrift Shop is an excellent place for the bargain hunter in all of us! All merchandise is donated from the community, and all of the net revenue generated from the Thrift Shop sales goes directly to SOS programs, initiatives and outreach.


The SOS Thrift Shop has over 18,000 square feet of:

  • Clothing
  • Linens
  • Shoes
  • Accessories
  • Jewellery
  • Furniture
  • Appliances
  • Household items
  • Books
  • Toys

Collectables and art are also available. The Boutique department offers fashionable clothing at affordable prices. Gift certificates are available.

Donations are gratefully accepted at 188 West Hirst Avenue, Parksville (at the back of the building) seven days a week, 8:30 am- 4:00 pm. If you have saleable items that need to be picked up, call: 250-248-2532.

The Thrift Shop is open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Closed Sundays and holidays.

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SOS Thrift Shop

18,000 square feet of deals.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do you carry...?

At one time or another, we carry just about everything you could possibly imagine. Our 18,000 square foot Thrift Shop has furniture, appliances, clothing, jewellery, toys, books, sporting goods, housewares, electronics and, the list goes on.

Our merchandise changes from hour to hour, so be sure to visit our store frequently for the latest finds.

Do you do estates?

We can accept donations from an estate, but we do not provide service for managing estate clearances.

Do you have books?

We have a very large book department which contains thousands of books and magazines. New titles arrive daily.

If I have an item that is in good condition, will the Thrift Shop take it?

SOS takes most saleable items, however if there is an item that we know from experience won’t sell on the floor, or we have an over abundance of that item, we may decline it.

Is it true that 95 cents of every dollar goes back into the community?

Yes, amazingly, 95 cents of every dollar spent in the SOS Thrift Shop is invested back into our community. Our friendly and hardworking volunteers help us to achieve this.

What hours are you open?

We are open 6 days per week, Monday through Saturday 9am-4pm.

What if I think an item is overpriced?

SOS Thrift Shop prices are set based on experience and research into brands and pricing. The prices are non-negotiable, and the money raised from purchases are used to fund community programs and services that residents rely on. We are happy to offer merchandise for all budgets, from a $2 shirt to a $400+ piece of furniture. If you are in financial need, you can call our Emergency Assistance and Advocacy Coordinator at 250.248-2093 ext. 241 to make an appointment to discuss your needs, and we may be able to assist  you. We encourage residents to shop local, recycle, reuse, and support our community, but we understand if you feel you can get a better deal elsewhere.


What type of donations DO you accept?

We accept the following saleable donations:

  • Clothing, shoes, purses
  • Housewares, furniture
  • Small electrical appliances
  • Electronics
  • Furniture
  • Jewellery
  • Books
  • Towels, linens, curtains, fabrics, pillows
  • Sports equipment, toys, board games

What type of donations DON'T you accept?

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept the following items for donation:

  • Soiled/torn clothing or linens
  • Soiled/torn mattresses/furniture
  • Items that are broken or do not work
  • Outdated electronics such as tube televisions
  • Paint and building supplies
  • Fluorescent tubes/fluorescent light fixtures
  • Mirrors without a frame
  • Child cribs with drop-down sides

*We also may have to decline items if we have an abundance of them in stock, 
or experience has shown they will not sell, despite their good condition.

Where are all the clothes?

UPSTAIRS! We have 7500 square feet of floor space dedicated to clothing, shoes, hats and purses. Our book department and linens are also upstairs.

Will you pick up furniture?

Yes! We will pick-up furniture that is in good condition. Our truck is on the road three days a week: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

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