Connie Hay didn’t think about herself a retailer keeper, however right here she is, 4 years as proprietor/operator of It’s All Good, a retailer in Virden that sells gently used objects – from clothes to home goods and even some furnishings.
Not solely has she began a retailer, with a ardour for serving to folks discover a new path in life, she began a ministry 35 years in the past that’s going sturdy at this time and these two endeavors dove tail.
Connie doesn’t run the thrift enterprise alone. It’s a group effort along with her husband, Bud.
“He’s an enormous a part of this enterprise. He positively does all of the constructing, fixing, sorting, transferring, lifting, and so forth. I couldn’t do what I do if not for him.”
The Hay household’s retailer is within the constructing that first housed a laundromat and dry-cleaning service which they bought in 1983.
By 2002, they stopped the drycleaning road garments and targeted on cleansing work coveralls.
By September of 2017 the Hays had been within the drycleaning/laundromat enterprise for 34 years. The laundry machines had been due for alternative, once more. It was resolution time.
In the meantime, the thrift-shop was working effectively and Connie beloved it. So, the laundry needed to go. The complete constructing turned Its All Good.
Though she loves working the thrift retailer, it wasn’t straightforward. Connie suffered with well being points, needing surgical procedure on her joints.
“Our son Brodie had moved residence to assist with the coverall cleansing/laundromat/ and retailer as I used to be too crippled to do a lot and Bud was working one other job. Earlier than I had surgical procedure I principally simply sat at work whereas Brodie did all of the leg work on the retailer.”
It wasn’t a dream to run a thrift store, however she admits, “I’ve at all times favored thrift, for years I’ve.” She doesn’t know the place her curiosity got here from. “I don’t actually bear in mind if my mum took me thrifting. We at all times had second-hand garments given to us, however I don’t know that there was really thrift shops.”
As soon as Connie found her first thrift retailer or two, it received into her blood. And though she has been restricted by her well being, she says, “I used to be grateful to have a spot to be aside from the 4 partitions of residence. On account of some circumstances past my management, it took 4 lengthy years earlier than I used to be capable of have the surgical procedure I wanted.”
Connie likes to see solid off objects turn into needed and helpful for her prospects. She thinks there are just a few mis-conceptions concerning the thrift retailer enterprise. And whereas she receives most of her inventory by means of donations, she says, “Donations usually are not free. A lot work has to enter getting stuff able to put out (on the market). The quantity of water I exploit for laundry clothes, the cleaning soap, the cleaners I exploit for cleansing glass (laborious surfaces). Hours and hours.”
Some objects usually are not salvageable.
When a critical event arises in somebody’s life, when she will, she donates. “I get messages on a regular basis from people who find themselves in want. There’s so many explanation why persons are in want, and I’m very open to serving to. It feels good when folks recognize what you’ve performed. I give if I can.
“I really feel with all my coronary heart that that’s my calling in life, is to be working with folks, serving to folks.”
The Hays additionally help two ministries devoted to parenting: they donate a share of their earnings to Kairos Maternity House every month and donate objects to the Being pregnant Help Centre for Westman.
The help centre was first referred to as the Being pregnant Disaster Centre. “It is vitally pricey to my coronary heart as I used to be one of many founding members. I lately started volunteering there once more and am working of their ‘garments closet’ space,” she says.
She feels that God has referred to as her to assist younger moms and younger folks.
“Through the years we’ve sheltered just a few younger folks in our residence; they got here to us for numerous causes.
“I voluntarily operated a Mother’s group and small retailer (Little Lambs – principally children clothes) by means of YFC for just a few years as effectively.
“I used to be a Households First House Customer, a place I completely beloved as a result of it concerned working with households (principally mothers and their infants) from Could 2007 till April 2012 after I was pressured to go away my place because of well being points.”
She finds it significant to offer reasonably priced treasures and requirements to buyers and within the course of having the ability to donate and to assist households discover their method with new hope in life.