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Column: Humane society to open new thrift store benefitting homeless pets

Alice is a 2-year-old English Pointer mix who was very timid when rescued by YHS in May. Today, Alice is eager to be in your company, and she loves to frolic with other pooches, too. Alice will benefit from continued socialization from an experienced owner in a mature household. She is affectionate, fun-loving, well-mannered, and willing to learn. (Courtesy photo)

Alice is a 2-year-old English Pointer mix who was very timid when rescued by YHS in May. Today, Alice is eager to be in your company, and she loves to frolic with other pooches, too. Alice will benefit from continued socialization from an experienced owner in a mature household. She is affectionate, fun-loving, well-mannered, and willing to learn. (Courtesy photo)

Have you heard the news? The Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) Thrift Store is opening a new location at 1601 Iron Springs Road (just north of Watters Garden Center)! Don't miss the Grand Opening this Friday, Oct. 10.

Ribbon-cutting is at 11 a.m., and there will be a lot of celebrating with YHS staff, volunteers, the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, local officials and celebrities, and you! YHS pet ambassadors will also be there to remind us why animal lovers love to support the YHS Thrift Store.

There will be door prizes, including a giveaway to the first 100 people who come through the thrift store doors, and drawings for prizes throughout the day. We will pawty to the great tunes of Magic 99.1 with Leza Live and Local.

Local entertainer Cody Williams of QT Entertainment will amaze you and the kids with his dazzling balloon art, and he may even pull out his unicycle and juggle for us. Refreshments and face-painting will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., so bring the whole family.

The current location at 1046 Willow Creek Road in the Willow Creek Plaza will close its doors on Nov. 30. Until then, store hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. This is a great time to snag some great deals during our close-out sales. There will be something for every bargain hound. The YHS Thrift Store has long held the reputation for being the "Neiman Marcus" among local thrift stores because of its high-quality merchandise at ridiculously affordable prices.

Since opening in November 2009, the YHS Thrift Store has taken in gently used household items, clothing, electronics, and furniture to sell at below-market prices. Caring and generous donors and customers make a significant contribution to the Yavapai Humane Society's financial stability and our ability to help our community's neediest animals.

The commitment to provide quality merchandise at affordable prices is making the move to the new location along with all the wonderful staff and volunteers from the old location. They're ready to show you great items for sale, including upscale inventory in our boutique section - Fido's Finds - and in our antique corner - Tabby's Treasures.

The new YHS Thrift Store also has a convenient drop off for your donations. When donating items to the thrift store, please make sure they are salable and in good condition. Broken or soiled items actually take funds away from the animals due to the cost of disposing unusable donations.

Giving your gently used items to YHS for resale helps our community by keeping your donations local; helps the environment by recycling usable items rather than putting them into landfills, and helps our animals by providing revenue for YHS's many life-saving programs. That's a win-win-win! And for those big, bulky, or heavy to move pieces just call YHS at 928-445-5668 and tell us to fetch, and our pick up service will come get your items for you!

Don't forget that the YHS Thrift Store is powered by volunteers. Do you want to help animals but can't work at the shelter? The YHS Thrift Store is the perfect solution. We always need friendly faces as cashiers, sorters, displayers, and more. If you could volunteer as little as two hours a week, we'd love you to join our fun and happy group of people. Be sure to talk to our volunteers at the grand opening on Oct. 10 to get a better feel for what volunteering at the Yavapai Humane Society Thrift Store is really like. To sign up, all you have to do is fill out the volunteer application online at www.yavapaihumane.org/volunteer.

Ed Boks is the executive director of the Yavapai Humane Society. He can be reached at eboks@yavapaihumane.org or by calling 445-2666, ext. 21.

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