Humane society to open thrift store

Published 5:52 pm Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Second Chances Thrift Shop will hold its Grand Opening Celebration this Saturday, March 6 starting at 9 a.m. The Chilton County Humane Society has opened the shop to help raise funds to support the shelter.

Cake, coffee and punch will be served during the grand opening.

“We have wanted to do something like this,” Executive Director Joe Murphy said, “and when a

major portion of our budget was cut for this year, we knew it was the right time.”

The store is located at 360-A Seventh St. S. in Clanton next to Top Notch Tattoo. Hours of operation are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 1-5 p.m.

Volunteers will run the shop, said board president Colleen Kennedy.

“Wilma DeVaughn is our store manager, and is a true blessing to the shelter,” Kennedy said. “She and her entire family have volunteered tirelessly for the humane society. We could not do it without them.”

She added that more volunteers are needed to help with the shop as well as the shelter.

“Both the shelter and the store have a presence on Facebook, so the community can keep up to date that way, as well,” Kennedy said.

Store manager Wilma DeVaughn, affectionately known as “Nana” to friends as well as family, has been busy cleaning, organizing and pricing donated items, and getting the store in shape to open on Saturday. DeVaughn has extensive experience in such ventures, having volunteered at the Mobile SPCA’s thrift store in the recent past.

“This shop is a dream come true for me,” DeVaughn said. “I know the community will enjoy shopping and finding bargains here, and all proceeds will benefit the animals at the shelter. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.”

DeVaughn said there will be a variety of items for sale at the store, including furniture, kitchen items, pet supplies, clothing and some antiques.

“We have some weather vanes and stained glass windows that are gorgeous,” he said.

For additional information about the store, to donate items, or to volunteer, call DeVaughn at (334) 312-1821.