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."
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.