FORT MILL TOWNSHIP -- The Humane Society of York County is hoping to cash in on a new trend in a slowing economy. The group opened its own thrift store Saturday behind the group's office on Carolina Place off S.C. 160 West.
"Donations are down, adoptions are down," said Elaine Siegel, a volunteer working on the project. "That's why we're so excited about the thrift store."
Veterinarian Robbie Chappell of Carolina Place Animal Hospital donated the 600-square-feet for the store, she said, and a team of volunteers including Angela Siegel, Bonnie Fuchs, Stacy McConaghy, Les Ross of Ross Renovations and Larry Morhan made it happen.
"There are a lot of humane societies that have these shops," Siegel said. "We will do clothes, household goods, toys, baby stuff. If it's decent, we'll take it."
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Plus, she said, the success of the Lake Wylie Lioness Lions' second-hand store, Sweet Repeat, is encouraging. Like the Lake Wylie store, initially the store will be open Saturdays only.
"We decided to do a thrift shop since we learned that the one in Lake Wylie does very well," Siegel said. "The one in Lake Wylie does about $1,500 every Saturday."
Store proceeds will be used to fund operations at the Humane Society, which costs $17,000 per month to maintain.
To make a donation, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the Humane Society of York County, call 803-802-0902.