New SPCA Thrift Store in New Minas
If you are looking to downsize your home, moving, de-cluttering or have a parent moving into a long term facility and are overwhelmed with finding a place for a home filled with items you need to relocate… donate to the new Kings SPCA Thrift Store, now located at 8759 Commercial Street in New Minas (the former RE-used Resale Co-op Ltd. location).
Your donation will directly impact the lives of companion animals in need in our community and help the Kings SPCA continue to serve those animals.
Courtney Barber is the Director of Communications & Marketing for the SPCA NS, we caught up with her to ask about the thrift shop in New Minas.
The Grapvine (GV): When was it decided to open a SPCA Thrift Store in the Valley?
Courtney Barber (CB): As a non-government funded organization, we are always looking for unique ways we can raise funds for the animals in our care. With the successful opening of our Dartmouth store, we looked to our second largest shelter in need of financial support, the Kings County SPCA.
GV: How was the location chosen?
CB: We saw an article in the local paper about the RE Store closing down and the changes the owners were looking to make and it happened to be perfect timing for the SPCA to open another thrift store location. Soon after stopping into the store and meeting with the ladies we began construction (taking down some walls and opening the store front, painting, and gathering donations for the store).
GV: Was it difficult to get the shop set up and staffed?
CB: We are very fortunate to have a wonderful group of volunteers who were already formed that focus on fundraising for the King’s Animal Shelter. The ‘friends of SPCA – King’s County’ group and several members from the community came together to help paint, set up shelving, install fixtures, and stock the shelves. It took just over a month of late nights and weekends with volunteers getting the store ready. We are so thankful for the dedicated community members and animal lovers who jumped at the opportunity to help get this store started. The thrift store has provided an opportunity for those who may have allergies to animals, travel restrictions – where the shelter is a little outside of New Minas and Kentville to travel – but still have a love for animals and want to support the SPCA and give their time.
GV: What are you looking for in terms of donations, and where and when can they be delivered?
CB: We are accepting quality new or used clothing and shoes, home decor, childrens’ toys, fames and art, housewares, jewelry, sunglasses, small kitchen appliances, books, furniture such as dressers, coffee tables, night stands, bed frames, etc. Donations can be dropped off at 8759 Commerical Street, New Minas. Inquiries can also be directed to 902-22-9070, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GV: Are you still in need of volunteers?
CB: Yes! We are always looking for new volunteers to join us. If you interested in joining the thrift store family, send an email to: email@example.com
GV: What percentage of the proceeds will go to the SPCA? Will they go specifically to the Kings SPCA?
CB: 100% of proceeds support the King’s County SPCA Animal Shelter!
GV: This shop is giving Valley citizens one more way to support the Kings SPCA – why is that important?
CB: Whether you are able to give your time – volunteering at the thrift store, or bring gently used items for sale, or shopping at our store, it all gives back to the animals in our care. The funds that we raise at the store and the volunteers that give their time to run the store on a daily basis are directly tied to the success of our shelter and the animals within it.