Furry kitties and tail-wagging dogs will be fed, cared for and adopted to good homes with financial help from a new business venture.
Elmore SPCA in Peru has a new thrift shop, Rescued Treasures, in Plattsburgh, and shelter officials hope it will support the organization's mission in an even greater way than in the past.
Store Manager Tina Stevens is excited to be a part of the effort.
"What is really important about this shop is we are a combined effort with Elmore, and the animals will benefit directly," she said from the downtown location.
"Not only do we offer well-loved items for sale, but we also have a book that shows the dogs and cats available for adoption at the shelter."
Stevens and several friends, who had all volunteered before at a local pet-support thrift shop, walked the streets of Plattsburgh trying to decide where the best location for the store would be. When they narrowed it down to Clinton Street, they knew it was the right choice.
Not only did they love the location, but they also liked the storage and work space downstairs, often lacking in many older storefronts.
The bright lighting, beautifully restored hardwood floors and overall integrity of the building affords a great venue for their business, they feel.
"Because this is a wide-open space with many possibilities, we are able to display what we have with easy accessibility," said Stevens.
Joe Swinyer, who is outreach coordinator for the shop, said he loves working with these volunteers.
"This is the most enjoyable group of people to work with in a volunteer venue. They all support the work of the SPCA with their time and energy. They are happy to be here. Even though it means we are working, we are still having a lot of fun."
A Facebook page, with pictures of items for sale, has opened a new way to sell, Swinyer said, with a fairly quick turnover time. Something can be there in the morning and gone by noon.
"We put pictures on Facebook this morning of two swivel rockers and had a response right away."
PRICED TO MOVE
Variety, display and price are always a true magnet for the thrift-shop enthusiast. Rescued Treasures offers furniture, jewelry, framed prints, books from 50 cents to $1, glassware, wallpaper, shoes and high-end clothing, just to name a few items.
They are unable to accept large appliances but point out that Elmore SPCA will be holding a yard sale in the spring and all donations will be welcome.
With no paid staff and 15 volunteers from varied career backgrounds, Stevens said, everybody's happy, especially because the shop promotes the animals, their welfare and their eventual adoption to loving homes.
"We invite everyone to come in and visit us," Swinyer said.
"We have a great group of volunteers, great selection and a great purpose."
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