In August 28 1999, The Inner Wheel Club of Singapore, a women’s group, donated money to help start up a thrift shop in the East Coast Care Centre of Singapore Anglican Welfare Council. The aim was to instill virtue of thrift, to provide job training for women in crises and to raise funds for Singapore Anglican Welfare. With the help of two volunteers, Anna Tsang and Felicia Teo, and the then Director of East Coast Care Centre, Dr Sally Thio, they named the shop Something Old Something New.
A sewing workshop was also set up next to the workshop where women were trained to generate income through home-based sewing. Anna Tsang, a Fashion Designer, trained the women to sew simple gift items like tissue pouch and wine bags. Eventually, training extended to the recovering psychiatric clients of Singapore Anglican Welfare Council.
In Sept 2000, Anna Tsang and Felicia Teo decided to revamp the thrift shop. The shop was given a new look and was fully air-conditioned. Although it was still a thrift shop, goods ranged from high-end branded goods such as clothes, bags, shoes, computers, electrical equipment, gifts, toys furniture to low-end non-branded items of similar nature.
All things sold in the thrift shop are from donations and they come from various sources such as friends, customers, volunteers and expatriates.
We humbly seek your generosity to contribute to our cause. Any form of donations, be it old or new things such as clothes, gifts, shoes, bags, toys, electrical equipment, and computers would be most welcome.