Lakeshore thrift shop sale raises funds for Ronald McDonald House

by | Apr 6, 2019 | Headlines, News

Clement Goh, Senior Reporter

Students walked through a maze of vintage and used clothes at Humber Lakeshore’s cafeteria, picking through stacks of colourful fabrics on tables. A familiar, yet comfortable smell of a boutique brought potential customers to the racks as their eyes darted left and right for something nice to wear.

For several hours last Thursday, the food space was repurposed as a thrift store by Public Relations students.

Their final assignment required them to help out a not-for-profit organization.

Second year Public Relations students Victoria Debartolo and Vanessa Marion organize clothes for their thrift shop at Lakeshore campus. The pop-up event is also a final project that partners with the Ronald McDonald House Charities. (Clement Goh).

Megan O’Connell, second year Public Relations student, said this is what led them to raise about $700 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).

“It all had to be centred around a charity, in order for all the money to go to charity,” O’Connell said.

At the start, the group members were challenged with brainstorming an idea. They eventually bonded with a love for vintage fashion and got to work. 

“We had a couple of ideas before that logistically didn’t work out well,” she said. “So we just thought, ‘we love shopping, we love thrifting,’ and it’s something that a lot of people our age really tend to enjoy.”

To sell clothes, the group started collecting donations in March. Spring cleaning was used as an opportunity to collect people’s unwanted items. 

“We advertised it to different Humber students and staff, so they could donate their used clothes,” said Vanessa Marion, fellow group member and second year Public Relations student.

Marion said the organization into the event while keeping an eye on the little details to make the event seamless and organized while serving customers was a challenge as they transformed a massive collection of clothes into a shop on campus. 

The other challenge was to accommodate the tight budgets of students while striving to make a substantial donation.

“We really kept it between $20 to $30,” said Victoriea Debartolo, another second year Public Relations group member. “We knew with the school budget, as students, we wanted to keep it on a lower price range.”

All sales made from the Lakeshore campus will be donated to the RMHC, while leftover clothing would be donated to Plato’s Closet, a used clothing shop for teens.

The Lakeshore thrift store is also a final project testing the PR students on their ability to find an organization while supporting their goals.