Pregnancy center benefits from Labour Day event

Baja Rosi’s Consignment Cabana hosts its fourth annual Stuff Your Bag fundraiser for the cause, fittingly on Labour Day.

Shoppers scouring tables laden with unsold consignment clothing will raise funds for the Victoria Pregnancy Centre.

Baja Rosi’s Consignment Cabana hosts its fourth annual Stuff Your Bag fundraiser for the cause, fittingly on Labour Day.

“Knowing cash-strapped charities have more need for dollars than used clothing, we have come up with this creative way to raise funds while offering outrageous deals and epic fun,” said Carolyn Barter, owner of the Langford clothing store.

She met Stephanie Timmerman, director of the centre, a few years ago, when Timmerman was out seeking support.

“I wanted to help and we had this product, which we were already donating to the Single Parent Resource Centre,” Barner said.

Unsold and unclaimed consignment clothes are stored away, then once a year over a four-hour period shoppers can stuff a bag for $10. Tables donated by a local school are staffed by volunteers and refilled throughout the event.

“We had no idea what it was going to be like, but the first year we sold just under $4,000 worth,” Barter said. “It’s the goodwill that comes from the people, some just throw in $20.”

Last year’s event raised $7,000 for the Victoria Pregnancy Centre.

Plus it’s entertaining, with folks showing up as early as 7 a.m. in preparation. With no change rooms, shoppers come up with creative solutions such as bringing sleeping bags or wearing a swimsuit.

“It’s just gotten bigger and bigger,” Barter said. “At the end there’s usually enough left to donate to the Single Parent Resource Centre as well.”

Bags are provided and are $10 cash, each.

The store hosts the fundraiser in the parking lot at 103-797 Goldstream Ave. on Sept. 2 from 8 a.m. to noon.

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Victoria Pregnancy Centre www.victoriapregnancycentre.org is an independent, non-profit and non-political registered charity offering services to men and women before, during and after an unexpected pregnancy.