by Dennis Dalman
Pet lovers far and wide will be happy to know the Tri-County Humane Society now has a source for more funding – a thrift store called “For Pets’ Sake.”
On Oct. 1, the store opened in the building where “Healing Journey” used to be in Waite Park. Its address is 1313 2nd St. S. in the mini-mall just to the west of the Minnesota School of Business and not far from Menard’s.
“I’m a bit nervous,” said Vicki Davis, director of the Tri-County Humane Society, based in east St. Cloud. “It’s a new adventure for us, and I want it to work. It will help fund part of our shelter and maybe even allow us to expand some of our services.”
The thrift store offers lots of clothing, household items, glassware, knick-knacks, toys, books, furniture, lamps, craft items, shoes, hats, puzzles and – not to forget – some items for pets.
“We know it may be difficult to contribute money on a regular basis to the humane society,” said Marit Ortega, a member of the Society. “Now, your gently used items are another way to help the animals.”
All donations are tax-deductible.
Acceptable donations include accessories, jewelry, antiques, collectibles, toys, crafts, knick-knacks, media, books, holiday/seasonal merchandise, kitchenware, linens and small furniture.
For Pets’ Sake cannot accept beds, pillows, mattresses, stained clothing, broken items, baby equipment, exercise equipment, electronics, appliances, opened lotions, soaps, items with smoke-smell or mold on them, cosmetics, and rusty or dangerous items. Also, please do not donate any left-over yard-sale or garage-sale items.
A good rule of thumb to remember when donating is not to give anything you wouldn’t give to a good friend. In other words, give items in clean and gently used condition.
Donations are accepted during regular business hours.
The business hours of For Pets’ Sake are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Its phone number is 253-5458.
To learn more, go to the humane society’s website at: www.tricountyhumanesociety.org/thrift-store