St Vincent de Paul Thrift Store Window Featured in Ottawa Citizen
St. Vincent’s themed window displays — and the monthly lineups that accompany the dismantling of each — are well-known in the neighbourhood and elsewhere in Ottawa. “I used to do window displays in Toronto,” added Keur, “so I really appreciate what they do here. Their windows are really good.”
Unlike other thrift stores that auction off collectibles, St. Vincent’s simply affixes prices to theirs and sells them on a first-come, first-served basis.
Over the years, the windows have attracted passersby who aren’t even interested in the merchandise beyond the esthetics of the displays. There was a time when people used to make a point of going to look at their Christmas windows; in the past few years, any of the displays merit a special trip.