SOURCE: Savers, Inc.

June 09, 2008 13:16 ET

Village des Valeurs Stores Launch Moving Day Donation Drive

Secondhand Retailer Provides Full Cycle of Benefits to Non-Profits, Shoppers and the Environment

MONTREAL--(Marketwire - June 9, 2008) - With Moving Day just around the corner, it's time to de-clutter, get organized and kick-start a fresh commitment to living lean and going green. To help Quebecers make Moving Day preparation as painless as possible, the 12 Village des Valeurs secondhand stores in the province are accepting on-site donations now through July 15, benefiting Fondation québécoise de la déficience intellectuelle, Entraide Diabétique du Québec and Grands Frères Grandes Sœurs de Montréal. Donors will receive a coupon for 20 percent off a future purchase, helping to encourage the full cycle of green-friendly shopping habits by consuming reused goods.

"As Quebecers prepare for Moving Day, we hope they will go 'green' by dropping off their unwanted items off at our convenient on-site donation stations instead of throwing them in the trash," said Raynald Soucy, chef de marché de Village des Valeurs pour le sud-est de Montréal for Village des Valeurs. "Last year alone, Village des Valeurs was able to keep more than 500 million pounds of goods out of landfills by reselling quality items and responsibly recycling the rest. Finding new life for reusable items is one of the most environmentally-friendly ways to shop, and provides vital funds for non-profits in the community."

Non-profits Fondation québécoise de la déficience intellectuelle, Entraide Diabétique du Québec and Grands Frères Grandes Sœurs de Montréal are paid for all items received at the store, so the more donations brought in, the more funds the charities receive to support their crucial programs and services.

Village des Valeurs sorts all donations it receives at the store, and value-prices the highest quality items suitable for resale. With thousands of new items added daily on each retail floor, there is literally an endless selection of affordable, quality secondhand items for shoppers. Unsold merchandise is responsibly recycled through third-party vendors. A portion of the merchandise is also shipped to developing nations where it benefits people in need.

Village des Valeurs stores accept donations of gently used clothing and household items during regular store hours year-round, but will be closed July 1 in honor of Canada Day. One coupon will be provided per household for a minimum donation of one full bag or box of clothing or household goods received now through July 15. The 20 percent-off coupons can be applied to a future purchase, and must be used by July 31, 2008.

Villages des Valeurs accepts reusable items including clothing, shoes, accessories, furniture, electronics, books, toys, house wears and bedding. While guidelines vary from store to store, in general the stores cannot accept construction materials, flammable products, large appliances, automobile parts, food, mattresses, large console televisions, weapons and hazardous waste. Due to the high volume of Moving Day donations received each year, Village des Valeurs recommends visiting the stores in the morning hours for the shortest wait times. For more information, store hours and locations visit www.villagedesvaleurs.com.

About Savers Inc./ Village des Valeurs

Founded in 1954, Savers, Inc. is a privately held for-profit international thrift store chain with more than 200 locations in the United States, Canada and Australia. Known as Villages des Valeurs in Quebec, Value Village in the western United States and Canadian provinces and Savers elsewhere, the company benefits more than 120 local non-profit organizations by purchasing and reselling donated items. The result has been over $1 billion dollars directly paid to partners and charities. The company employs more than 11,000 people throughout its global store network. Visit www.savers.com for more information.

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Regan O'Leary
    Duo PR for Village des Valeurs
    206-838-4952
    regan@duopr.com