November 10, 2021 – Beginning this Thursday, November 11 and extending well into December, the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA) is hosting a pop-up thrift shop in the Southside Mall. Proceeds from the temporary installation will benefit several area animal welfare groups.
“Our decision to hold the pop-up shop is two-fold,” said SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes. “First and foremost, the community has been so very generous with donations that we find ourselves with no room for incoming merchandise.”
This prompted Thrift Store Manager Natalie Wrubleski to think outside the box, Haynes said, resulting in the pop-up solution.
“We also wanted to be able to share the wealth with other like-minded organizations. The only stumbling block we could think of was finding the personnel to staff the pop-up. That’s where our partners come in,” Haynes continued.
For a split of the proceeds, the Delaware Valley Humane Society, Heart of the Catskills Humane Society, and Super Heroes in Ripped Jeans will assist the SQSPCA in recruiting volunteers to cash out customers and mind the store.
“People are shopping for a cause when they purchase items from the pop-up thrift shop this holiday season,” explained Haynes. “All of these organizations share missions similar to ours and we have a common interest in helping homeless, abandoned, and abused animals.
“We saw an opportunity to partner with these groups to benefit companion animals throughout the region, and we jumped at the chance to do so,” Haynes added.
The SQSPCA Pop-up Thrift Shop will be open Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. through December 19. Credit/debit card and exact cash payments will be accepted. Merchandise will include clothing and accessories, housewares, Christmas decorations, toys, and much more.
The SQSPCA is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Appointments to meet animals are advised, to avoid wait times, but walk-ins are also welcome. To view available animals or to donate, visit www.sqspca.org. The shelter is located at 5082-5088 State Highway 28, Cooperstown.
In operation since 1917, the Susquehanna SPCA is a 501c3 nonprofit organization committed to caring for homeless, surrendered, and seized companion animals and finding them loving, forever homes. The SQSPCA is a privately funded, state inspected animal shelter practicing “no-kill” philosophies. Private donations, grants, fundraising and the New Leash on Life Thrift Shop are the shelter’s primary source of income. For more information or to donate, visit www.sqspca.org