Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Feast Day Celebration

September 24, 2016 hosted by St. Mary’s Conference, Lindsay

By Glenda Klein

About 100 SSVP members gathered together to celebrate the feast day of our patron, Saint Vincent de Paul. The day began with coffee and muffins at registration in St. Mary’s School Auditorium.  The program opened for the day with the church bells ringing and the congregation singing The Bells of St. Mary’s.

This was followed by a brief but interesting talk by Fr. Tom Lynch about the church history and stained glass windows. The main celebrant for the mass in the church was Bishop William McGrattan. Each conference processed in their banners which were displayed at the front of the church during mass.

Following mass the banners were taken to the school for display throughout the remainder of the day. Fred O’Donnell and Dorothy Dow of Peterborough Particular Council gave reports on council business. Fr. Tom Lynch paid tribute to newly canonized Saint Teresa of Kalkota. Conference presidents shared one highlight of their local ministry to the poor.

Zita Devan of A Place Called Home shared stories that might inspire other conferences to work toward forming a shelter for the homeless in their community. Zita was thanked by St. Mary’s Conference President Marie Young. A delicious lunch prepared by members from all councils was shared.


The 2016 Fall Ball

It's nearly that time again - the annual Fall Ball fundraiser for the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul food pantry is around the corner!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 15th, 2016.

The night will feature dinner, a silent auction, 50/50 draw, a live band and more! A huge thank you goes out to the event's generous sponsors: Mazziotti Wealth Management, Knock on Wood, The Wolf, Chex, Fresh Radio, Canadian Tire, SCA North America, The Clearing House, GE, Larry Dow Automotive, Windrem Trucking, Buchanan's Kitchen & Bath, Peterborough Community Savings, Kawartha Credit Union, Whelan's Carpetland, and Dr. Keith Thompson.

Tickets are available at Vinnies - 799 Erskine Ave - for $50.



5 Ways to Give Back to the Community this Christmas Season


1. Organize A Toy Drive -  Take matters into your own hands - set a date, advertise, organize some volunteers, pick a drop off point, and help parents and caregivers who may need a little help this holiday season. 

2. Sponsor a Family for Christmas - Contact local churches and non-profits such as St. Vincent de Paul to inquire about covering the costs for a complete family for their holiday this year. See if you can find some friends to join you even, and cover the cost of presents and meals. (Send us a note if this interests you!)

3. Donate to your local Food bank - At Vinnies we have a bin set up by the front door that is used for your non-perishable food donations. There are numerous ways to help here: set up your own food drive, simply drop off foods, or if you prefer, you could make a monetary donation.

4. Volunteer where you can - Call around and see if your favourite charity is looking for additional volunteers. If you're interested in volunteering at Vinnies or the food pantry, you can call anytime for more information.

5. Collect winter gear - There are some programs out there collecting winter coats for children, but take it one step further - organize a winter gear drive. Collect boots, coats, scarves, mittens, socks, and other winter items. 

These are just a few ways to give back this Christmas season. Can you think of others?

5 Tips to Make the Most of Your Trip to Vinnies

At Vinnies we are grateful for each customer that steps through our doorway. As many already know, with each purchase from our shop, you're directly supporting our food pantry which feeds nearly 1900 Peterboroughians monthly. There is no middle man for us, your purchase truly is making a difference locally; that's why use the saying "Feel Good Shopping" - because you can feel good about your purchase on many levels.

While our shop is filled with plenty of regular customers, some of you may be new or perhaps are unable to make it in often. If you come in often enough you may have caught on to some shopping secrets. But for those who don't, we thought that today, we would go behind the scenes at Vinnies and share some insider secrets. 

Here are five tips to make the most of your next shopping trip at Vinnies!

1. Calling all book lovers - everyday is book day.

Have you stopped in and checked out our book section lately? It's incredibly well organized thanks to volunteers and staff, and there is a huge selection! Everything from fiction and children's books, to nonfiction like cookbooks, religious texts and more. The prices can't be beat.

2. Wednesdays are the best day to shop for electronics.

Our incredible volunteer Ambrose is in every Wednesday to test our electronics. Stop in on a Wednesday afternoon for the best selection and first dibs.

3. Tuesday & Thursday afternoons are furniture days.

If you're looking for furniture stop in on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons, when all of our new items come in straight from the truck. 

4. Come back often for the best selection.

Monday to Friday we are constantly stocking our shelves - clothing, shoes & more. All day everyday!

5. Join our newsletter for even more savings!

Did you know every month we send out exclusive coupons to subscribers of our newsletter? All you have to do is sign up here, and you'll save big on a variety of items, which changes monthly. 

5 Warm Weather Thrift Store T-Shirt DIY's

Spring is in the air... well okay, not entirely but it's definitely here! To follow our theme of spring-inspired DIY's, today we're sharing some t-shirt makeovers that require NO sewing!

These are perfect for warm weather. And if you've ever wondered what to do with some of the cute t-shirts you've stumbled across at Vinnies', here is your solution.



This cute Halter top - from WobiSobi

This simple workout shirt - from A Splendid Assemblage

This perfectly adorable tee for stripe lovers - from Lexy at The Proper Pinwheel (Via darkblck)

This thirty second tutorial to fix up an old shirt - from Camp Clean (a great fact about jersey in here!!)

This one is a tiny bit more complex, but oh so worth it! - from A Texas Girl in a Midwestern World

5 DIY's for the Teacup Lover (With Spring Inspiriation!)

At Vinnies we are lucky to receive many teacup donations year round. Some of them are vintage, some more modern -- but all are lovely and evoke memories of the past.

Today we wanted to share a round up of some of our favorite ideas for repurposing teacups. Many of them have a spring inspired theme!

We hope you enjoy! 


An inexpensive and adorable bird feeder -- just in time for spring! (Via Cap Creations)

For the paper lovers -- a decoupage spring inspired tutorial. (Via Heart Handmade)

A well-organized jewelry collection. Isn't it lovely? (Via Paige Smith Designs)

January 2015 Auction!

Happy 2015! Check out the items for our first auction of the year. More pics to come of the front window. Don't forget, auction closes the last Saturday of the month. Pop in today to place your bid!

December 2014 Auction + The 12 Days of Christmas Countdown

Happy December! We can't believe the year is nearly over. It's been an incredible one this year at Vinnies thanks to your support.

Have a look below at our December auction items. Some great finds once again this month.

For those following on Twitter & Facebook, be sure to follow along with our 12 Days of Christmas daily specials. We're having a new one each day leading up to Dec. 24th.

Please note we'll be closed on the 24th & 25.

Merry Christmas everyone!

November 2014 Auction & New-To-You Event

This month we have a fabulous event just in time for Christmas. Stop in Friday, November 28th, or Saturday, November 29th, and have a cup of hot apple cider, treats, and shop BRAND NEW toys, clothes, nic-nacs and more.

See the flyer below!

Along with our big event, we also have an incredible auction this month. There is a gorgeous antique Grandfather clock, a traditional Scottish kilt, beautiful jewellery and more!

Stop in to place your bid. Conveniently the auction ends and you can pick up your items the Saturday of the New-To-You event!

The Re-Launch - We're Live!

Welcome to the new site!

We're thrilled to share the new with you - where you can learn more about what we do, easily sign up for our newsletter and get instant access to amazing coupons, and receive up-to-date news on the latest offers and happenings around the store.

We have more plans for the site in the near future that we're excited to share, but for now, take a moment to look around and be sure to subscribe to grab those coupons!

See you in the store soon!
Angela & The Vinnies Staff