The local chapter of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is getting a little more thrifty these days.
The Aiken SPCA is opening another thrift store in the Mitchell Shopping Center off Whiskey Road.
This is the fourth thrift store opened by the Aiken SPCA. The other three are located on Richland Avenue in Aiken, North Augusta and Edgefield.
Barbara Nelson, president and CEO of the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare, said the Richland Avenue location has been so successful that they decided to open another one closer to the south side of the city.
Nelson said one of the first SPCA thrift stores opened in the 1980s and believes it was located on Park Avenue.
She said these thrift stores have been a significant source of revenue for the nonprofit.
“It allows us to offer the services that we do and continue to keep them affordable, as well as accessible,” Nelson said.
Funds generated by thrift store sales also help with the cost of caring for the animals that come into the center, Nelson added.
Nelson said the thrift stores have been a great place to share the SPCA’s services and programs with residents as well as recruit volunteers.
The thrift stores give residents an opportunity to clean out their closets and help the SPCA out by donating unwanted items, she said.
“Your trash is somebody else’s treasure,” Nelson said.
The new thrift store is about 7,000 square feet in size and will hold a majority of furniture donations as well as other items.
The new location includes a roll-up door in the back, which is ideal for furniture drop-off and pick-up, Nelson said.
Cat adoptions and an occasional one-day stop by a puppy or dog that needs a home will also take place at the new thrift store.
Nelson said that anyone who has an item they want to donate but needs pick-up can call the Aiken SPCA at 803-648-6863 to make arrangements.
Nelson said her goal is to have the store open by Friday.
The new thrift store is located at 1557 Whiskey Road in the Mitchell Shopping Center and will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/spcaalbrechtcenter or www.spca-albrecht.org.
Amy Banton is the County reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the publication since May 2010. She is a native of Rustburg, Va., and a graduate of Randolph Macon Woman’s College.