Due to our thrift stores being closed and currently no revenue coming in, we've recently signed up with Canada Helps to allow our supporters to make donations online. All donors will be issued a tax receipt.

Please click on the Donate Now button below to support Beyond The Blue Box.

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We appreciate and thank you for your support!

Beyond The Blue Box

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Beyond the Blue Box

» 14 Covert Street, Cobourg

» 905-373-7202

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» Affordable retail outlet

Beyond The Blue Box

Attention Valued Customers:

After serious consideration and planning, Beyond the Blue Box will be re-opening on May 25, 2020 at 10:00 am.

We have been working non-stop since closing in March and have focused solely on the health and safety of our Blue Box community. We have sought advice and information from our government, MOL, Health Unit, two special nurses and a local physician, who all took the time to understand our unique organization and offer safety advice to protect us all. (Thank you all so very much)

The Boutique will be closed until further notice.

New shopping and donating rules are in place and among some of these procedures are:

If you are sick, please stay home.


New hours: 10-4 Monday-Sunday

  • Limited shoppers
  • Social distancing enforced
  • Children are to stay with caregivers
  • You will enter BBB through the Book Nook
  • Hand Sanitizer will be provided upon entering
  • Limit handling products
  • No back packs
  • Face masks are preferred
  • Disinfectant spray is available
  • Staff will be wiping and disinfecting (spraying) the store and stock frequently
  • Stock will be held for 48-72 hours before being shelved
  • All donations will be sprayed with disinfectant, including clothing
  • Aisles are designated “one way only” - directional arrows are on floor.
  • Social distancing foot patterns are in place, please be cognizant of your space
  • We prefer the use of Debit/credit
  • Exit will be though our Main entrance.

Donations: Monday- Saturday 10-3


- donations will be received in front of the boutique

  • One donator at a time, please
  • Please pull up and open your trunk
  • Stay in your car, if possible.
  • If donations are inside your car, you will have to unload them and place them on the table in front of the boutique. (Staff are not permitted to lean into your car. ) Please keep this in mind when loading up furniture, staff may be unable to help you unload it from your back seat.
  • Large pieces of furniture must be nearly pristine in order for BBB to allow them on premises
  • If we are inundated with donations, we may need to alter our hours.

As with any plan, we may change things to better serve our customers and keep everyone safe.

We will be monitoring the Covid-19 cases and take all steps necessary to protect our community.

We missed you and look forward to seeing you all on Monday!

What we Accept

Donations are welcome Monday to Saturday from 10am to 3pm. Please have a look at what we accept and what we don't accept before coming.

Best of the Box

Visit our store and find a library full of fantastic books or go back in time and pay $1.00 for adult clothing and 50 cents for children's wear!

Our Vision

To provide work, social, and training opportunities for developmentally disabled individuals, while promoting reduction, re-use, and recycling of waste in Northumberland County.

Our Mission

Beyond the Blue Box serves the County of Northumberland by providing an affordable retail outlet for reusable items.


We have put together a list of great community links including waste/recycling inquires, town services, used clothing and household items, etc.

Donate Now

You can make a donation online right now through CanadaHelps.org! Just click here to make a donation. A tax receipt will be issued. Thank you so much!

Fantastic Books

Come visit our store and find a library full of fantastic books.  Many are still on the Best Sellers list!  Our books are replenished twice a week by our “Book Ladies” - Margaret, Ann, Mary, Marny, Lynn, Honor, Annie and Joan. We could not do it without their tremendous help!

What we Accept

Adult and Children's Clothing

Go back into time and pay $1.00 for adult clothing and 50 cents for children's! Our main store offers a large section of clothing replenished daily!

What we Accept


We accept furniture with no rips, stains, odours, damage or pet hair. You'll also find dishes, lights, hardware, small appliances, toys, craft items, CD's, DVD's, VHS tapes and LP's.

What we Accept

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23 hours ago

Beyond the Blue Box

Thank you to everyone who helped make the re-opening of Beyond the Blue Box a safe and rewarding success!
We received continuous compliments and thanks for the work that went into ensuring the safest possible use of our space. From removing displays, to reconfiguring the layout, to dry walling, painting, and using all and more of the regulated safety measures put forth by our government, local health unit.
Thank you for your ongoing support, it was so nice to see you!

Comment on Facebook

Thank you for thanking me (a customer),but the pleasure was all mine ! My severe thrifting withdrawal symptoms were healed by this lady that followed me home ! Keep up the good work ! (Tried to insert a picture but can’t)

These gems even thanked frontline workers over the PA 🙂 the store was spotless so clean and tidy 🙂 thanks to all of you we can still get your thrift fix on 🙂 keep up the great work and stay safe ♥️

The store looks beautiful!... and it was great to see all your smiling ( masked) faces 😁

We were in yesterday. Got some bargains! Was so great to be back and to see everyone. Thanks so much for all that you do. Thank you.

Congratulations to all who make the Blue Box a Good experience....for so many reasons.

All is right in my world! My favorite thrift shop is open! Was soooo lovely to see everyone today! The store looks fantastic...a lot of hard work behind the scenes! Great job

I was there today....everything ran so smoothly & I felt very comfortable!!!

Thank god! I’m so happy you are open! Be safe

So glad it was a great opening!

Congratulations...looks wonderful

Are you able to recieve donations again?

Be safe good to know your open again

That is great news

I was in yesterday, and the store was incredibly organized and managed well. You guys have worked so hard to have it ready for reopen, and it's much appreciated!

Great news!!!

Hi Catherine you look great !!

Be safe

wow looking good

Kelly Mckenzie Reid

Wanda Wadforth-smart

Oh my heart!💕💕💕💕

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What Others Are Saying

I stopped by to Beyond the Blue box last night as I was passing through town for the first time. Everyone was extremely welcoming, lovely and helpful! I found some amazing treasures that were for a great price. Thank you so much and I can't wait to come back.

-The Perth Shop

Thank you for being there for us Blue Box. I love wandering round your store always something interesting to find. I have friends who come from out of the area and they are thrilled with a trip to the Blue Box. Keep up the good work.

-Bea Mutton

Thank you, to all the wonderful people who volunteer your time to our organization !! We could not do it without you! You make Beyond the Blue Box an amazing place and we are so fortunate to have you! 

-Beyond the Blue Box

When I lived in Cobourg I used to go at least once a week. There were always a wide variety of treasures and practical items to find. I loved that the businees provided work for developmentally challenged workers (who were fantastic to chat with and help you find what you need) AND re-using items, AND diverting from the landfill. I wish they had a Beyond The Blue Box here. Love it!

-Barb Bisson

Love, love, love this place❣️
As we down-size our home, I’m thrilled to donate my previously treasured items to such a good cause at BEYOND THE BLUE BOX❣️Furthermore, I love to walk through the building(s) and perhaps find a wee “new-to-me” treasure❣️This is recycling/reusing at its best❣️ I also look forward to my chats with Victor and Gail

-Donna Jacobs-McCourt

Call us today at 905-373-7202 or email bluebox@eagle.ca

Beyond the Blue Box is one of Canada’s longest standing and most successful community based waste reduction and reuse centres.

Our Vision

To provide work, social, and training opportunities for developmentally disabled individuals, while promoting reduction, re-use, and recycling of waste in Northumberland County.


Shopping Hours

Weekdays 10am to 5pm
Saturday 10am to 4pm
Sunday 11am to 4pm

Contact Us

Beyond the Blue Box
14 Covert Street
Cobourg, ON