Jas Gill shows off some of the clothing available at the East-West Thrift Store on Scott Road.

South Asian principle of seva comes to Scott Road

New East-West Thrift Store benefits Surrey hospital foundation.

What began as an afternoon of cleaning out her closets became the inspiration for one Surrey woman to give back to her community.

A few years ago, Jas Gill was sorting through some of her unwanted clothing when she soon realized there were no second-hand stores in Surrey that specialized in South Asian attire.

In the past, the Surrey mom and active volunteer had dropped off items at various outlets, but had never really given much thought as to the charitable side of her donations.

“I was truly a reluctant thrifter,” said Gill. “I had never been inside a thrift store, but it was my daughter (who would often find deals in thrift stores) who made me think.”

Five years ago Gill, Raj Arneja and a group of their friends began to discuss the possibility of opening a thrift store in the Surrey area, and that’s when the East-West Thrift Store and Seva Donation Centre idea was born.

Specializing in South Asian wear for men, women and children, the 4,200-sq.-ft. store, located at 9430 Scott Rd., officially opened its doors to the public on Saturday (July 2).

It also offers western clothing items.

“I don’t want this to be known as just an Indian thrift store. We have really good stuff for everyone,” Gill said. “Some stuff is actually brand new. We have a very diverse community. By South Asian, it’s not just people from India… there’s people from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Africa and our clothing can be very similar.”

Offering everything from clothing to housewares, Gill will even take on consignment for higher-priced items.

Since she has been a volunteer at Surrey Memorial Hospital in the past, all the net profits raised through the store will be donated to the Surrey Hospital and Outpatient Centre Foundation.

“We’re huge on recycling and give where you live,” she said.

For volunteer opportunities or to donate call 778-293-0115.

 

Just Posted

Final skate at former ‘Stardust’ rink in Surrey this Saturday

Central City Arena is closing to make way for tower development

Mixed emotions on Surrey’s Strip as homeless begin moving into modular units

Some in the area are hopeful as 160 transitional homes open, while others say the plan is ‘containment, not a solution’

Surrey mayor’s state of city address back on at Sheraton

New date for mayor’s fourth annual address, hosted by the Surrey Board of Trade, is September 19

Warmer weather sees more impaired drivers, DPD says

Delta police are reminding drivers to not drink or do drugs before getting on the road

Retiring teacher puts the ‘We’ in North Delta school team that has raised $200K in nine years

After 30 years of work, Joan Stephens says goodbye to Sunshine Hills Elementary – well, not quite

VIDEO: In Surrey, ‘The Magic Flute’ opera has makings of ‘modern-day superhero movie’

Show director Dolores Scott raves about young talent in weekend production at Surrey Arts Centre

B.C. RCMP looking for $70,000 in stolen collector cash

Money, in Canadian and Chinese denominations, goes missing in Chilliwack

Port of Prince Rupert names Shaun Stevenson as new CEO

Stevenson has worked for the port for 21 years as vice president of trade development

Senate officially passes Canada’s marijuana legalization bill

Bill C-45 now moves to royal assent, which is the final step in the legislative process

Mosquitoes out in full force already? Blame the weather

But a B.C. mosquito expert says the heat wave will help keep the pests at bay

Man pleads not guilty in 1987 slayings of B.C. couple

William Talbott of SeaTac was arraigned Tuesday in Snohomish County Superior Court

New GOP plan: Hold kids longer at border – but with parents

Move would ease rules that limit how much time minors can be held with their parents

Without a big data strategy, Canadians at risk of being ‘data cows’

Presentation said artificial intelligence could give Facebook and Amazon even more power

Five B.C. families stuck in Japan as Canada refuses visas for adopted babies

Lawyer points to change in American policy around adoptions from Japan

Most Read