Secondhand goods look for furever home
SECONDHAND goods ran off the shelves in the first week of operation for a new store in Mareeba.
Animal Rescue Tablelands Inc pet rescuer Sandy Brown said they opened the shop, located at 68 Byrnes Street, Mareeba, on Sunday April 1 and she was overwhelmed with the support the community has shown.
“On the first day we basically sold out of all the stuff that was donated and every day since there has been more rolling in,” she said.
“It has all been quality secondhand goods and the prices are cheap and they are going to stay cheap.
“We have sold a lounge suite, outdoor settings, TV cabinets, a fridge, freezer and plenty of house hold item like glassware and more.”
She said all money raised from the shop is going towards maintaining rescue animals while they are in care.
“It also helps me save more lives and covers regular and emergency vet work,” she said.
“Every month we spend about $8000 but it depends on what animals come in and what emergency vet care is needed.”
Ms Brown said it has been her goal to start a secondhand shop for a long time and she is very excited to finally get it off the ground.
“We run solely on donations and everyone that is here are volunteers,” she said.
“We currently have four volunteers and we do need more because of the amount of stock that is being donated on a daily basis.”
To donate any secondhand goods, drop into their store on Byrnes Street Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm.
The rescue is holding a fundraising event tomorrow called Hope for Paws in Atherton.
They will have a live band, Careless, playing at the Orb at 2 Main Street, Atherton, with the event starting at 6pm.
There will be raffle tickets, food and drinks for purchase on the night.
Entry is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. For more information visit the Animal Rescue Tablelands Inc. The Seconds Shop Facebook page or contact Sandy Brown on 0487 430 443.
Aidan, 6, and his sister Mackenna Harmin, 3, enjoyed building their own bird houses at the Mareeba Library.
Animal Rescue Tablelands Inc pet rescuer Sandy Brown has opened a secondhand store at 68 Byrnes Street, Mareeba with all proceeds going to helping animals.