Thrift Shopping for Sheltered Animals

Do you ever feel like you want to save the world from all the bad things that are happening on our planet?   I know. Not possible, but even small actions make a difference, so when Jeannette from Country Design Style announced that she was heading up the 2nd Annual Thrift Benefit for Sheltered Animals recently.  I was in.


So last week a group of DIY bloggers headed out to shop at a local thrift store in our own area that benefits an animal shelter.  Each of us was to bring something thrifty home to DIY for the linkup.



When I did the Thrift Benefit last year, I didn’t realize there was a thrift store so close to me that supported this cause, so I was excited to discover Animal Care League’s 2nd Chance Resale Shop in Oak Park for this year’s shopping excursion.



When I walked into the shop, I introduced myself to Teresa, who was one of the staff members.  I told her about our online benefit and the reason behind it:  to bring awareness to the needs of sheltered animals.

Teresa proceeded to tell me that the proceeds of the thrift store go toward the care and needs of all the animals at the shelter.

She mentioned that there are several ways to help out besides shopping at the store, such as donating household items and pet supplies.  she also mentioned that they have 40 volunteers and are always looking for more.

 They are also a 501C 3 organization, which means your donations can be listed on your U.S. tax return.




The store was filled with a mix of vintage items, home decor, books, pet supplies, clothing.

I was also surprised at all the holiday items on display.


Since I knew that I was going to the shop, I brought a box of used items to donate, and by the time I was done shopping, I was walking out with another box of items, but most of these were items I’ve had on a look-out-for list for when I go thrifting.


This thrifted witch is one item that I won’t have to DIY.  What a score!!  I just propped her up when I got home and felt more in the Fall and Halloween spirit already.


Tomorrow is the Thrift Benefit Link Up Party and I’ll be sharing how I gave this cookie tin a fresh new look and a whole new use.

So, come on back tomorrow and follow along on the linkup as us group of bloggers DIY our hearts away with all the items we found at our local animal shelter thrift store.

If you’d like to find a thrift or resale store in your area that benefits an animal shelter, the best way to find one is through a Google search including your address, town, city or county.

See the 1st Annual Thrift Benefit Tour, here.

Enjoy your day ~ Amy


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7 Responses to Thrift Shopping for Sheltered Animals

  1. Cheryl in Wisconsin October 13, 2014 at 9:37 am #

    Thrift shopping, a great cause, and an excuse to go to Oak Park! Sounds like a great day! (I used to live in Oak Park – what a beautiful place.)

  2. Sherry@Thrift My House October 13, 2014 at 9:45 am #

    I shop at our local SPCA thrift store every week. They always have cute cats and kittens up for adoption too. My kids LOVE going there. Hopefully I can link up next year!

  3. Feral Turtle October 13, 2014 at 10:46 am #

    Awe this is so wonderful Amy. My daughter is a foster parent for the SPCA. So many animals need homes. A worthwhile cause! Cheers to you!

  4. Tuula @ The Thrifty Rebel October 13, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    We don’t have a thrift store like that near us, but I wish we did. I’d shop there all the time. All four or our cats are rescues,strays that were abandoned here in the countryside I’m sure. Such a worthwhile cause Amy. Love that you’re doing this.

  5. Mel October 13, 2014 at 9:53 pm #

    I wish I could come and help, especially heading into winter we need to look after the animals.

  6. Doreen@househoneys October 20, 2014 at 11:45 pm #

    You hit my soft spot with this one Amy! We don’t have a place like that, but it’s a great idea. Every little bit helps!


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