thrifty in cobourg
A short drive east of Toronto, Cobourg is a quaint and charming small town that, with its old main street and white sandy beach on Lake Ontario right in the centre of town, is a great spot for a day trip from the GTA. While the shops, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants that line King St. are all quite lovely and worth a wander, the thrift shops that are found just behind the main street are also worth a visit. Venturing down Covert St. (running west off of Division St.) you’ll find three thrift shops supporting various charities, all with fair prices.
Although I didn’t drive away with any thrifty purchases on this visit, these fabulous vintage metal/vinyl office chairs (made right in Cobourg) would have been a great deal (if I needed them – restraint!)…at only $60 – for the trio! I’ve seen ones go for $100 or more at antique markets and vintage furniture stores.
Beyond the Blue Box (14 Covert St.)
* offering developmentally challenged individuals work opportunities, the smaller shop carries their ’boutique’ items while the larger location next door is packed with all kinds of odds and sods
Northumberland Humane Society Thrift Shop (46 Covert St.)
Horizons Thrift Shop & Treasure Shop (50 Covert St.)
* supports building partnerships to end poverty in Central America and Mexico