Turning merchandise into miracles
Nova Scotia SPCA Thrift Stores are so much more than places to find a great bargain. They represent a new chapter in fundraising that aims to support Nova Scotia SPCA shelter operations and programs across the province to help as many homeless animals as possible.
“With 7,000 animals coming through SPCA shelters annually and no government funding to sustain day-to-day operations, the thrift stores will hopefully be a reliable source of revenue on a long-term basis,” says Courtney Barber, Nova Scotia SPCA’S director of marketing.
The stores are also a venue that will engage Nova Scotia
SPCA volunteers, donors and community members by providing one more way to participate and show their support for animals. Whether you’re a savvy bargain hunter, cleaning out your home, downsizing or an animal lover who wants to help by volunteering, a Nova Scotia SPCA
Thrift Store is the place for you. There are four stores across the province: Dartmouth, New Minas, Liverpool and Sydney.
Nova Scotia SPCA Thrift Stores let you get great deals and save animals lives at the same time. The stores offer bargain opportunities to area residents, Nova Scotia SPCA supporters and treasure hunters alike. Each store is filled with a broad selection of gently-used, donated items including clothes, housewares, jewelry, toys, collectibles, small kitchen appliances, home decor and small furniture. Most importantly, your dollar can make a difference.
“One hundred per cent of the proceeds from sales goes directly to support programs and services for shelter animals,” says Barber.
Nova Scotia SPCA Thrift Stores rely on the generosity and support of community donations to stock their shelves. If you’re downsizing, moving, spring cleaning, redecorating or have quality clothing you don’t wear any more, don’t toss out gently-used items — donate them. The Nova Scotia SPCA asks that you donate items that are clean, suitable for resale and not broken or damaged. Check out the list of items wanted and those that can’t be accepted, along with donation drop-off details on their website at spcans.ca/thrift-stores/.
“Daily operations of SPCA Thrift Stores are run primarily by a remarkable group of volunteers who graciously give of themselves and their time,” says Barber. She emphasizes that dedicated volunteers are essential to the stores’ success. They facilitate everything from sorting donations to merchandising to creating positive customer experiences, while enjoying the next chapter in their volunteering journey with the Nova Scotia SPCA.
“We need all the volunteers we can find who are able to commit to a three- to five-hour shift weekly, particularly for weekends and evenings right now,” says Barber. Paula Hasler and her daughter, Shannon Eastman, volunteer at the New Minas Thrift Store.
“The camaraderie is wonderful; it feels like a family. It makes my heart smile to know we’re helping animals in the community,” says Hasler.
Whether you shop, donate or volunteer, you are helping to turn merchandise into miracles for homeless animals.
Judy Layne is a volunteer with the Nova Scotia SPCA. She is committed to speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves. She believes that each one of us who cares about animals can make a difference and together we can make the world a better place for animals.