About Vinnies & The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul

Vinnies Thrift Store

The Saint Vincent de Paul Thrift Store was opened in the late 1960's and served the Peterborough community from the Old Stone House until a move to the Murray St. location (now the Food Pantry.)

In August 2011, in order to better serve the patrons of our community and those in need, we relocated to Erskine under the new name Vinnies. Our second location, located in Lakefield on Queen St. opened on January 3rd, 2018.

Every penny that is raised through our thrift store goes right back into the Peterborough community.

We proudly helped over 20,000 families in the community last year.

If you have any further questions about fundraising efforts and our responsibility to the community, please contact Senior Store Manager, Angela Oran at 705-742-2585.


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The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is a lay Catholic organization whose mission is:

To live the Gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice and joy.



The Mission of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul implies that as Vincentians we

  • see Christ in anyone who suffers
  • come together as a family
  • have personal contact with the poor
  • help in all possible ways


Our Logo

The fish is the symbol of Christianity and, in this case, represents the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul.

The eye of the fish is the vigilant eye of God seeking to help the poor in our midst.

The crossing at the tail or the tie-knot represents unity and oneness among members and also the union with the poor.

The circle bounding the logo signifies the global or worldwide stature of the SSVP, an international Society.

The words serviens in spe mean to serve in hope, the hope that comes from Our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Canadian flag represents Canada and the Ontario flag represents Ontario.