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Stephen’s Thrift Store Blog #6



Oxford thrift Shop and Café Blog

November 18th-23rd 2019

By: Stephen Thompson


Monday November 20th, 2019

Nicole and Amanda were working on baked goods when I arrived: Donuts, Danishes and Cookies.

Duncan was hard at work today with his broom, dustpan and mop ready to go, after drinking his work coffee to start things off.


Today Nicole was getting the store faux tree set up with twinkly lights, while Amanda had sorting of items to be sold.

Emma came in for a visit for the day with baby AJ and her son Kohen.

Kohen was also assisting today setting up ornaments on the Christmas tree with Nicole.


Jacob, who is in for Job experience was opening donations battery cases to test if they still operate and getting brewed coffee for the customers who arrived in the shop.


Angus in the store in high spirits He always is finding hidden treasures.


Morgan today is working diligently with the Oxford Frozen Foods:  Washing, drying and hanging of the worker plant attire.


Today I made up a new list for free Ice Cream, I chopped up some Laundry services slips, used the scraps for tags at Laundromat, and completed a Maintenance sign for a washer that only works with dollars.


Tuesday November 19th, 2019


I was working with Morgan at the Laundromat side at buttoning two buttons and collecting a number of them together for a load. Morgan would add all the necessities to the washers.

The washers would sing a little tune when they finished up there cycles and would be taken out to the dryer posthaste.

Morgan has become quite a pro at working with Oxford Frozen Foods cleaning. He works 5 days a week. He always brings his quirky humor to lighten the mood.

Patti and Paula managed various duties within the shop and upkeep along with Jacob.


Wednesday November 20th, 2019


Michael and David work today.

Michael is doing the cleaning for the Thrift Store: Mopping, sweeping and other tasks.

David was doing tasks in the Laundromat today such as folding the clothes and spraying and wiping things down.

Morgan was still hard at working with cleaning Oxford Frozen Foods clothes for cleaning and sorting by size.


Patti and Amanda are working on tasks within the shop along with Jacob doing odd jobs around sorting donations, cash register and other tasks.


Scheduled events and updates:


We offer various Christmas items in store for purchase: Ornaments, Ribbons and various knickknacks.


  • Coats for Cumberland will happen today, Nov 20th here at our store


  • Items at the store will also be 10% off on all Thrift Store items as well.


  • Nov 23rd and Nov 30th 2019

Kids Shopping days! Bring your children in for shopping and we will help them wrap. There will be a card crafting station. (All items Children buy will be only a dollar excluding Amazon items.)


  • Nov 28th -30th 2019

Bag Day Sale!


  • Nov 29th 2019

We will be open late until 7:30 PM Come in and warm up waiting for the parade.


  • October celebrations of Halloween were a great success! We had had a lot of entries in the coloring contest and seen many kids dressed up for

Sunset Industries Transition Update


Sunset Industries Transformation Update

Sunset Industries has been undergoing an exciting transformation over the last several months as we look to provide ever greater services to those we support along with providing additional services to the communities we are in.

Over the coming weeks and months we will be opening a small thrift store at Sunset Industries that will sell all the usual thrift store type items as well as our woodworking items that are made by our participants and support team. We will also be selling some selected retail returns from major retailers just as we do at our store in Oxford.

We will also be offering a weekly auction through our Sunset Industries Facebook page so keep an eye out for that!

A 4th program will be added to our Pugwash location where we will be creating unique products that are made by participants and will be sold in both our Pugwash and Oxford locations along with other outlets in our community. Some of these products will include greetings cards, gift tags, book marks and many other products.

Keep an eye out for further updates and store opening times as we get closer to opening.



November Lifestyles Activities


Look what’s going on this month with our Lifestyles team.

November Lifestyles Calendar

Stephen’s Thrift Store Blog #5

Oxford thrift Shop and Café Blog

September 30-October 5

By: Stephen Thompson


Monday September 30th 2019

Nicole and Patti were the staff working today. When I arrived Morgan was on his way out for the day.

Daniel called in sick so only Angus and I were only Clients at work this day.

I was working on a task for the dry erase sandwich board at writing and designing with liquid chalk new October updates.

I made a concept design on a napkin and some information on post-it notes.

The staff members recorded a video for FaceBook of Scentsy Basket Draw, I was with Emma in speaking roles. I reached into the paper slips, dug around and drew the slip for Dawn Thompson, who was the winner of the draw.

Later after that, Emma headed out for the day with Michael.

Amanda came in on her day off to give out some sweets for a few minutes. When Angus knew he was getting baked goods, he was very motivated to get the dishes done.

We all enjoyed Amanda’s baking: Angus, Nicole and Patti and I.

Nicole and Patti did various tasks with cash register, drinks, snacks and other things.  


Tuesday October 1st 2019

Amanda and Nicole were the working staff today.

Morgan, Duncan and I worked the morning shift today. Duncan had his cleaning duty using a broom and mop. Morgan worked within the Laundromat with the washers, dryers and the folding.

I revised the Clothes Inventory List to reduce the size of the original from 3 pages to 1 Page layout.

I was organizing books on the shelves and getting kids’ books to fill in the blank spaces.

I made up a Price sign for the Ice Skates for the Thrift store using Excel program.

Later on I did various copies for Laundry information. Paper sections left over were repurposed into Slips that can be used at a later date on Laundry Bags.

Daniel came in today for his afternoon shift and he seemed to be doing well now.


Wednesday October 2nd 2019

Today I arrived with Morgan for the afternoon shift. The Staff members working today are Patti and Paula.

Patti and Paula sold various items in the store like: A Banana costume, PJs, various Halloween related items, Ice cream, etc. and organized new Donations.

Morgan was cleaning the tables around the shop, doing tasks in Laundry side and checking for empty hangers on clothes racks.


Current and upcoming:

Halloween Colouring Contest has begun this week, all Ages can enter.

October 11th 2-4PM is Fall Festival, celebrating Care Month. It will be held at Pugwash they will be Auctioning off Scarecrows and selling various refreshments from local producers.

Store will be closed on Thanksgiving October 14th.


An afternoon at the park


We had a great time at the Wentworth park Sunday afternoon- had coffee, hot chocolate and donuts by the river, in the sunshine.

What a wonderful way to finish off this beautiful weekend!

Stephen’s Thrift Store Blog #4


By: Stephen Thompson

Monday, September 16th, 2019


A new week had begun.

I arrived in the afternoon with: Daniel. Morgan and Duncan were there to greet us before heading home for the afternoon.

I was working on a checklist for the washroom cleaning and maintenance in Excel.

I was revising a template that I started I had on Wednesday afternoon. Patti was giving me ideas for the list.

Daniel was at the laundry side doing various tasks.

Later I got some new books from the backroom to fill empty gaps in the bookshelves.

To finish the day off, I sorted the laundry bags with to keep and throw out while Daniel finished up with his folding.


Tuesday, September 17th, 2019


Today is clouded over. Morning shift: Duncan, Morgan, I were working. The Staff members here are Nicole and Amanda.

Laundry side is bustling today: Washers spinning, Dryers going and clothes being prepared to be folded.

Duncan was around the store with a broom and dust pan cleaning the floors. Afterwards he moped up the messes on floor, to keep them spotless.

Amanda was placing new blankets and bed spreads in the Linen Section, the newly added addition to the Thrift Store.

Mary showed up slightly before 10 O’clock. She greeted various people within the store. Today she is working on Laundry; Amanda is helping her get started on her job.

Nicole was setting new items on the shelves, working on various café duties within the shop.

Michael had showed up to work early for his afternoon shift.

Morgan was folding clothes on the Landry mat side; he carefully placing the folded clothes neatly placing them in a transparent bag.


Wednesday, September 18th, 2019


Today was a nice clear day.

Emma came in check in how things were at the Thrift shop. AJ was with her, she is growing quickly.

Patti and Paula are the staff members today, doing various duties within the store.

Angus was at the ready to do work today. To get all the dirty dishes all washed up, dried and sparkling clean.

Morgan was doing some various tasks within the Laundry side of the store today cleaning, folding clothes and cleaning the floors.


Store Updates:


  • A New flavor of Donut is now available at the Café: Cinnamon Sugar.


  • The Sunset Community Oxford Thrift Store and Café are transitioning from summer to fall stock as the season nears close to changing.


  • A New Section has been added to the store for Linens, with new items added into it


  • The Thrift Store has donated: School Supplies, Clothes, Cleats and Book bags to Oxford Regional Education Centre.



Upcoming Events:

Bag Day will be held on Thursday September 26-Saturday September28. Fill a bag for $5.00 on All Items, excluding: Electronics, Appliances, DVDs and Amazon shelf items. Please bring your own reusable bag (grocery bag size).


Scentsy Basket draw happens on Sept 30th. Be sure to buy your tickets before that date. Proceeds are in support of the Breakfast Program at Oxford Regional Education Centre.


A great day to go fishing


There’s nothing better on a beautiful than doing a little fishing. Everyone involved had so much fun getting out for a boat tour around our beautiful part of the north shore and caught a few fish too! Thanks to Ruddestick Boat Tours for helping make everyone’s day so enjoyable.



A day out with the boys

Recently the guys who are working on the transition of our new thrift store in Pugwash had the opportunity to spend some time out and about exploring the local area. The guys went for lunch at the Wentworth picnic park then headed out to the falls in Wentworth followed by a stop at the Balmoral Grist Mill and then into Tatamagouche for ice cream at T & B ice cream who on that day were raising funds for the Kidney Foundation. The day was complete with a visit to an old friend Darlene.


Human Resource Recruiter Position

Human Resource Recruiter

The Sunset Community is located on the Northumberland Strait in the picturesque village of Pugwash, Nova Scotia.

The Sunset Community supports adults with disabilities. We provide safe and supportive living, learning and work environments so each individual can live a satisfying and meaningful life.

The Sunset Community is a leader in removing barriers which prevent those we support from access to choices.

Our Values:





The Human Resource Recruiter is responsible for facilitating the recruitment, hiring, and on-boarding efforts of The Sunset Community.

This position reports directly to the Executive Director.


  • Workforce Planning and Employment Coordinator
  • All recruitment efforts including attending Job & Career Fairs
  • Employee Engagement
  • Training and Education Coordinator
  • Staff Schedule Care Administrator (Back up Scheduler)


Prefered: Post Secondary Diploma or Degree in Human Resource related Education

Related Experience

Must: Provide a Clean Vulnerable Persons Record Check

  • Strong Interpersonal
  • Exceptional communication skills both verbal and written
  • Current on best Human Resource practices
  • Organized
  • Detailed Oriented
  • Able to work independently as well as a team member

Work With Us

“When working for The Sunset Community, you are not only changing others lives; you are changing your own” -Sunset Employee

Apply Here

Stephen’s Thrift Store Blog #3


Storm in Oxford and Surrounding Area

By: Stephen Thompson

On Saturday the Thrift Store was closed due to the Storm going through the town caused by Hurricane Dorian.

It was quite calm in the morning, though cloudy with a light drizzle.

I was driven up to Pugwash from Oxford, to visit with my brother.

In the afternoon I was at Pugwash when the storm was pounded on the windows and a falling tree swiped on an electric line and shorted it out.

Afterward a sudden darkness came over in the cottage in a near instant.

They luckily they had a backup generator that kicked in when power was kaput.

Up at the Hansford Road the wind had taken the power line and trees scattered on the road, Oxford, Springhill and in Amherst similar electrical short-outs and fallen debris.

When I got home, I was transported via Small Bus, the wind and rain was so harsh it sounded like it was storm was inside the vehicle how loud it was.

The rain was heavy; it pelted the windshield with great amount oomph. The sea was raging below the bridges leading across River Philip.

The whole Downtown Oxford area was greyed out no lights within. The Driver of the Small Bus was thinking of getting a Tim Hortons, when we came to realization partway down the drive that Tim’s would have no power.

When I saw the houses down Water Street, Pleasant and Thompson Road they were darkened: No lights at the Sunset Community Thrift shop, pools of water were on the other side of the Water Street Bridge and random debris at some areas of the roadway.

Miscellaneous branches were in front of my Family Home and a makeshift Greenhouse had been toppled over.

The experience really made me think how I take electricity for granted and how we are very reliant we are on Power in this day and age. Two days without electricity took some adjustments; I had some battery life stored in electronics to use conservatively.

I managed to get some coffee and pop-tarts from a friend who had a generator one of those days which was nice to have.

My Father and Step-Parent kept up on updates during the storm using a yellow Wind-up Radio. The News had announced for a boil warning on the water in the Town of Oxford.

It wasn’t until Monday afternoon we finally had Power restored I was playing on my handheld video game when I heard an electric hum surge through.

The town was bustling after the power was restored in certain areas. I could hear more voices and activity from when I was working in a row of crops.

The way to Kolbec Road, is closed due to damage done by the storm. Hopefully it will be fixed soon, in the near future. Clean up detail is going to take a while from all the damage that needs to be fixed.

I am hopeful Power will be restored to everyone in Oxford and Surrounding areas across Nova Scotia soon.


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