About

Our hope is that in all aspects of our organization, Christ’s love will be exemplified.

Mission Thrift Store is a volunteer-driven, non-denominational Christian organization that currently operates more than 50 thrift stores across Canada.

We provide used goods in a department store-like experience for value-conscious shoppers, who can find deals they can feel good about. Our stores convert donated goods into cash, and the net revenue is devoted to the joint ministry of BFM Foundation (Canada) and Bible League Canada to support leadership and literacy programs in over 43 countries — giving people access to the life-giving, life-changing, Word of God.

Staff and volunteers believe there is a deeper purpose to everything in life, including shopping. Our mission is to save you money, save the planet and tell the world about the saving work of Christ.

Our Mission

To make the living, life-giving, life-changing Word of God accessible to people everywhere.

Our Vision

We see…

  • A cleaner, greener planet and the lives of our donors free of clutter.
  • The adventure of shopping at a thrift store being enjoyed by everyone.
  • Active volunteers contributing to their communities and a world-changing cause with increased sense of purpose.
  • Investors realizing real business results with an investment they can feel good about.
  • Literacy on the rise and with it the most amazing story — the story of God’s Love for mankind — changing hearts around the world.

History

In the fall of 1988, two gentlemen from Chilliwack, BC joined the Bible League’s ministry tour to India. Throughout the tour they learned about the history, culture, religion and economic situation of the people there. They also visited new emerging Christian churches that were established as a result of the relationship between Bible League Canada and its Ministry partner. The trip left both men with a desire to help the people of India and on returning to Canada they became involved in discussions with the Director of Bible League Canada. They ultimately established a thrift store, donating the net revenue to Bible League Canada so Bibles could be distributed to the people of India. Since then, Mission Thrift Stores have grown to over 50 locations across the country.

Although we have recently rebranded, our purpose remains the same:

Serving to place the Living Word of God worldwide in Joint Ministry with Bible League Canada.

Bible League Canada ultimately strives towards this goal through the careful placement of God’s Word in various parts of the world. Mission Thrift Store plans to continue this mission through opening more stores across Canada.

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Meet our Staff

Steve Klassen

CEO

Jonathan Catania

CFO

Jack O'Halloran

Regional Director (British Columbia)

Sharon Brandsma

Regional Director (AB/SK/MB)

Eric Larsen

Regional Director (Ontario-West)

Peter Park

Regional Director (Ontario-Central)

Cory Toutant

Regional Director (Ontario-East)

Leah Gagnier

Director of Online Commerce, Merchandising, and Digital Strategies

Kara Pippy

Director of Marketing and Communications

John Huizinga

Director of Fund Development

Lynda Burton

Director of Finance

Melody Mooibroek

Store Support Assistant

Danielle Lima

Operations Support Assistant

Lisa Damerino

Finance Support Assistant

Kari Coenjarts

Bookkeeper

Board of Directors

Dianne Swinemar, M.M., DCnL, D.C.L.

Chair

Doug Moore

Vice Chair

Harry Van Beilen

Treasurer

Verna Thomas

Secretary

Helmie Verver

Fred Meyerink

Ken Ward

Marvin Vandervalk

Peter Lindhout

Sue Kikkert

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Awards & Recognition

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45M

Products for sale

1.8M

Sellers Active on Martfury

30.6M

Buyers Activie on Martfury

$2.64M

Annual gross merchandise sales

Discover The Mission Thrift Store Journey

January 2004
Gets launched as online martketplace merchant by Martin Garrix in United States.
May 2006
Attracts first investor, Herba Beauty Care, and receives $10 million investment
December 2008
Gets $45 million more as Bison Coporation Partners jumps on the investment bandwagon
February 2012
Gets launched as online martketplace merchant by Martin Garrix in United States.
September 2015
Gets launched as online martketplace merchant by Martin Garrix in United States.
July 2015
Gets launched as online martketplace merchant by Martin Garrix in United States.

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