New Humane Society Thrift Shop opens in Berryville; volunteers sought

Friday, October 3, 2008

BERRYVILLE -- A new Humane Society Thrift Shop is about to open in Berryville, located in the old Brashears furniture showroom on Springfield Street.

The 3,800 square-foot showroom will feature 2,000 square-feet dedicated solely to furniture offerings, said shop manager Tracellen Kelly.

The remainder of the shop will showcase housewares, clothing, toys, linens, and other items of interest.

In addition, finer quality items will be sold through bi-weekly silent auctions that close at noon every other Friday.

Kelly was excited to be opening a second store that benefits the Good Shepherd Humane Society, which currently cares for 110 dogs and cats at its shelter outside of Eureka Springs.

GSHS has relied on sales from its thrift stores to support its mission of caring for homeless animals.

She said its annual budget is about $200,000 a year to take care of the animals and pay staff, utilities, and other expenses.

Its Doggie Shop thrift store contributes to that cause from its location in Eureka Springs.

GSHS operated a second store in Eagle Rock, Mo., until recently when it was given notice to vacate.

Kelly said she chose Berryville for a new location, saying GSHS is for homeless animals county-wide and she wanted to have a presence in Berryville.

She said they are sub-leasing the front showroom area of the Brashears building. The remainder of the building is still occupied by Brashears, which uses the back portion as a furniture warehouse.

Kelly said opening day is set for Monday, Oct. 13. Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Staffing is still a work in progress.

"Volunteers are desperately needed," Kelly explained. "I figure I need 24 per week to run the store. I now have seven."

Shifts and hours are flexible, she said, especially when volunteers call in advance. They will be asked to intake, sort, price and sell. Volunteer carpenters, maintenance personnel and heavy lifters are also needed from time to time, she said.

In addition, artists who are creative with seasonal window displays are being sought as well.

Donations of "good, clean, useable" items will be accepted from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, she said, at the front door of the store. None are to be left after hours.

Electronics will be accepted on a "pre-approved" basis, "so we don't get stuck with disposal fees for those that don't work," Kelly said. "That takes always from the doggies and kitties."

She said large items will be accepted on a pre-approved basis, and arrangements will be made for transport. However, if pickup is outside of Berryville, there will be a $10 fee.

She said the animal shelter is always full -- with homeless dogs and cats, and support of the Thrift Shop is a wonderful way people can help them out. Cash, checks, credit and debit cards will be accepted.

For more information, to donate, or volunteer, call Kelly at (479) 981-2886.

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