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Value Village stores are now open in Canada

Value Village is now open in Canada again, so those who rely on thrifting for financial reasons or enjoy it simply as a favourite pastime can rejoice.

Given that second-hand shopping is predicated on public donations of items and that SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) can survive for some time on surfaces, Canadians may not have been expecting to get back into thrift stores anytime soon.

But, the beloved used clothing and housewares chain has indeed already started opening up select locations across Canada.

VV Boutiques in major cities such as Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon, Fredericton, Ottawa and Toronto are already open and serving the public.

But, operations will be different than they were pre-pandemic, with new measures in place — stores will be cleaned more often, donation hours will be reduced, merchandise displays will be removed and floor decals implemented to help with social distancing, and sanitizer stations will be installed.

Also, employees will now wear personal protective equipment while working and will no longer be handling customers' reusable bags.

Fitting rooms will also be closed, but the company's window for exchanges will be extended to two weeks in lieu. And, locations may place limits on the number of shoppers allowed inside at one time.

All of Alberta's 17 stores and Manitoba's six stores, four of Saskatchewan's stores (with the exception of Yorktown), and 19 of B.C.'s stores (with the exception of locations in Mission, Westbank, and one in Coquitlam) have now opened their doors.

In Ontario, residents can now visit a number of stores, including the Belleville, Concord, Guelph, Kingston, Leamington, Niagara Falls, Orillia, Owen Sound, Pembroke, Peterborough, St. Catharine's, Stittsville, Sudbury and Waterloo locations.

Also, Fennell Ave in Hamilton, Oxford Street in London, Hamphire Gate in Oakville, Ottawa Centre and South Ottawa, and South Windsor shops. Both Mississauga stores are also now open, as are five of Toronto's 11: Bloor Street, Etobicoke, Wilson, Scarborough and South Scarborough.

On the east coast, all three New Brunswick locations are back up and running, while stores in P.E.I., Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland remain shuttered to shoppers for the time being (though the Charlottetown location is now accepting donations).

"Our stores will reopen on a store-by-store basis as we assess local market conditions," a release from the retailer reads.

"We'll continue to listen to advice from local health and government officials, as well as feedback from our team members and our customers, as we consider how we can best serve you while helping to limit the spread of COVID-19."

Whether you've been missing the once-in-a-lifetime finds and bargain prices that op shop adventures bring, have been sitting on bags of stuff to donate, or are simply looking for another excuse to get out of the house now that things are finally returning to a weird version of normal, this news is certainly welcome.

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