By Margaret Terrett
Looking for fanatastic Christmas gifts at non-inflationary prices? St. Mathew’s is the place to go.
On Sunday, December 3, the church will present its annual Scarf and Jewellery Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is the second in-person sale since the lockdown. It will be held downstairs in the church hall, which is accessed by the First Avenue entrance, just west of Bank Street. Twenty-five per cent of the sales will go to the Ottawa Food Bank, which especially needs funds at this time of the year.
There will be a fine selection of accessories for both women and men including scarves, ties, hats, gloves, mitts, belts, purses and wonderful costume and silver jewellery. There will be special seasonal items on sale too. The premium table offers name brands such as Birks, Hermes, Liberty, Coach and Kate Spade, to name a few.
Fundraising is a part of all church communities as they strive to supplement their incomes for special projects. What started out solely as fundraising for St. Matthew’s now includes a focus on the environment, with year-round opportunities to reuse items that have been donated by others. Reducing the number of new items purchased helps people Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose before opting for the more expensive Recycle option.
The Great Glebe Garage Sale is the first major event each year. Parishioners and friends are encouraged to keep things out of the landfill by passing them along to the church. The parish joins with the Glebe community by selling these donations and contributing to the Ottawa Food Bank.
An impressive online auction sale will be held from November 9 to 19. Items which are no longer needed by donors are sold at very affordable prices to people who give them new homes. Throughout the year, there is an online boutique which again encourages people to keep items out of the landfill. It’s all about Reducing and Reusing!
Thrifting at St. Matthew’s will provide you with high quality goods at affordable prices while at the same time help people in the community.
Marg Terrett is a St. Matthew’s parishioner. She and Virginia Lindsay are the coordinators of this year’s scarf and jewellery sale.