'Wasted': How thrift shops are helping your wallet and the environment

For Stacy Elia, that's a win-win situation. Elia is the executive director of the Grimsby Benevolent Fund (GBF), which operates a thrift shop in Grimsby, a small town in the Niagara Region of Southern Ontario.

"We invested over $700,000 back into our community because of our social enterprise. I'm amazed at what we can do with that aspect of having our self-funding arm. It allows us to do so much more in our community that we might not otherwise do," Elia says.

The GBF is also a social agency, providing food, housing and financial aid to those in need of aid in Grimsby. The money raised in the thrift shop helps fund the agency's other efforts.

At the same time, clothing and furniture are being diverted from the local landfill site, making the store's success environmentally friendly.

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