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Elora thrift market supporting local LGBTQ+ initiatives

Proceeds from market supporting Minto Pride and Renegade Rainbows
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Multiple positive messages left on a walkway wall on St. Andrew Street in Fergus. Keegan Kozolanka/EloraFergusToday file photo

ELORA – An upcoming at-home market is a way for thrifters to find some unique women’s garments while supporting a cause. 

On Sunday, Jodi Bird will be hosting the Fashion Thrift Market on the driveway of her home at 11 Gilkison Rd. in Elora supporting two local Pride organizations. 

Bird, operator of Thrifting with Jodi, will be one of the five vendors. In a direct message, Bird said all vendors are fashion resellers and sell consignment clothing but all do different styles.

“I’ve done this market in the past with just myself and had great success, so I imagine a good turn out with more vendors and the fact that we are supporting a great cause,” Bird said. 

The causes supported are Minto Pride and Centre Wellington’s Renegade Rainbows, two LGBTQ+ groups in Wellington County, which Bird said were recommended by community members as good groups to support. 

Bird said Minto Pride was chosen due to recent acts of vandalism that destroyed ribbons throughout Palmerston and Harriston tied to light poles. A rash of these mischiefs in Minto and nearby towns are now under investigation by the OPP. Money raised at this event will help Minto Pride replace what was damaged.

Renegade Rainbows, who draw chalk rainbows at businesses and homes throughout Centre Wellington, will get money to go towards more chalk supplies to continue drawing rainbows around town. 

“We hope to have them come decorate our driveway for the event as well,” Bird said. 

There will also be a cash-only raffle table with prizes from local businesses.

The thrift market runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 11 Gilkison Rd. in Elora.