It's a Christmas tradition many locals use every year to help make their holidays a little more festive - all while helping a local charity.
The annual Delta Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop's Christmas Store is open for business and bursting at the seams with everything to fulfill anyone's holiday decorating and entertaining needs.
From Christmas trees, decorations and lights to craft supplies, wrapping paper and ribbons, music and videos, it can all be found at the seasonal store.
The Christmas Store moved to its own location in the early 2000s after outgrowing its space in the original thrift store, said Nean Lund, an auxiliary volunteer and former Christmas Store co-ordinator.
While the store is only open for a few weeks every year, co-ordinator Carol Burgoyne said dealing with the thousands of donations is a year-round job.
She said there are two volunteers who mark and price the donated items all year long. The Christmas donations are then stored in barns and garages waiting for the holiday shopping season to begin.
It takes two-and-a-half weeks and hundreds of volunteer hours to set up the store and hundreds more volunteer hours to run it.
"The community supports our shop," said Burgoyne, adding the donations, shoppers and volunteers come primarily from the community.
And the all the money raised goes back into the community through the Delta Hospital Auxiliary's support for patient comfort and care at the hospital.
Donations for the Christmas Store are still being accepted at the main thrift store on Delta Street in Ladner.
This year, the Christmas Store is in a new location near the Bank of Montreal in Ladner Harbour Centre. It is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
All sales are cash only and tax free.