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  • Trevor Greenway

Shop local for holidays

Are you feeling the pinch?

Yeah, us too.

Times are undoubtedly tough for many Hills families, with inflation rising through the roof and gas and groceries emptying our bank accounts at a rapid rate.

And it’s especially challenging with Christmas around the corner.

But you don’t have to break the bank this year to give the kids a good Christmas — and I don’t mean solely basking in the joy of family time. Kids need presents. Santa is still coming this year, but he may need some help from parents to fill in the gaps.

But how do you fill a house with presents when you barely scrape by each week?

Consider the region’s many second-hand stores and local shops, which can help you cross everything off your list at a fraction of the cost.

If you take a $20 bill to the Rupert Second Hand Store, you’ll come out with bags full of goods — everything from kids’ toys, jewellery and clothing, to a stack of books. This writer recently spent an hour there and knocked off gifts for my niece and nephew and a couple of trinkets for my kids. Looking for a retro-gaming console? A new surround-sound system? Jewelry? The place is packed with electronics, accessories and clothing. Forget Best Buy this holiday season, Rupert is your place. The second-hand store is open Wednesdays from 12 to 4 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. Funds raised from the thrift store go towards helping families in need in the region.