Friends of Upland Animal Shelter

7 Things You May Not Know About 2nd Chance Thrift Shop

01 Oct 2018 7:06 PM | Anonymous

“Good things come to those who thrift.” Anonymous

7 Things You May Not Know About 2nd Chance Thrift Shop

If you've visited 2nd Chance, you know that we offer gently used furniture, household and garden goods, wall art, books, pet supplies, clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry, and more at great prices.  We are constantly thankful for and amazed at the wonderful donations we receive and can offer to our customers.  Just the other day, one of our regular customers was marveling at the variety and quality of our merchandise and said, “I can’t believe how much great stuff you have…”  We agree.

However, as we celebrate our 3rd anniversary this October, we realized there may be a few things that even our regular customers may not know about the shop.

1.  Friends of Upland Animal Shelter’s 2nd Chance Thrift Shop Supports a Very Important Cause

For almost three years now, your donations, purchases, and assistance at the thrift shop have supported the care and adoption of animals at the Upland Animal Shelter who need their second chance.  But, did you know that Friends of Upland Animal Shelter operates the Upland Animal Shelter on behalf of the City?  We handle the care and adoption of the animals in the shelter.  Our shelter staff and countless volunteers work in conjunction with the City’s three Animal Control Officers who provide field services.

Your support of 2nd Chance Thrift Shop is so important because Friends does not receive any monetary compensation from the City of Upland to operate the shelter.  That’s right.  No compensation.  None.  Instead, proceeds from the thrift shop along with our low-cost adoption fees, supports our shelter operation.  When the City was facing severe financial challenges a few years ago, we gladly stepped up to help.  Friends had spent years assisting the City and was in a good position to assume responsibility for operating the shelter.  

This partnership saves the City several hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. So, when you shop, donate, or volunteer at 2nd Chance Thrift Shop, you are not only helping to save shelter pets and find them forever homes, you are helping an entire community of people and pets.

2.  Volunteers Get 20% Off All Purchases

We have a small, dedicated thrift shop staff who greatly appreciate the assistance of all our volunteers.  In fact, we could not operate the shop without their help.  In appreciation of their dedication, all of our volunteers who work at least 6 hours a week and 24 hours a month are eligible for a 20% discount on everything we have in the store.  Plus, we offer soda and snacks and the occasional potluck to further entice them.

We always welcome new volunteers and work with you to arrange a schedule that fits your needs and lifestyle.  We need both general help and help with specific categories of merchandise. If you are interested in volunteering, just stop by the store and ask for the manager on duty. We'll get you started right away.   

3.  There’s Always Something on Clearance

We have great prices all the time.  But, every month, merchandise that has been in the shop for a while goes on clearance.  

For example, October is our “Yellow Tag” sale month.  All items marked with a yellow price sticker are 50% off for the first 2 weeks of the month and 75% off the second half of the month.  You’ll see signs in the store that let you know what color tag is on sale. 

4.  We Have an Ebay Store

We are very fortunate to receive so many donations from so many generous donors.  The vast majority of these donations are placed on our sales floor.  However, to ensure we are able to receive the most value from some of the collectible and specialty items, we post them on our Ebay store called, "2nd Chance Thrift Shop Online."  Click here to go to the portal to our Ebay store on our 2nd Chance Thrift Shop web page.  If you see anything you like, we offer in-store pick up on all our Ebay items.

5.  We Offer Weekly Discount Days

Most days of the week, we offer 10% off your entire purchase if you qualify for one of the following categories:

Military, Veterans & Seniors (55+)
Military, Veterans & Teachers
Military, Veterans & Seniors (55+)
Military, Veterans & Students

6.  We Do Pick-Ups and Deliveries

We accept donations at the shop daily (except on Tuesdays) from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. However, if you have furniture or other large items to donate and can't bring them to the shop, we will come to you.  To arrange a pick-up, send an e-mail with a photo of your item.

We can also help you get your furniture purchase home. For only $25, we will do a local delivery so you don't have to forego getting your new-to-you-treasure if you don't have your own truck.  

7.  Adopters Get a $10 Gift Certificate to 2nd Chance Thrift Shop

When you adopt an animal from Friends of Upland Animal Shelter, you'll receive a $10 gift certificate for ANYTHING in the shop, including pet supplies.  

Plus, we LOVE visits from your new four-legged friends and any other well-mannered pets on leash. We may even offer them a treat and ask if we can post their photos on the shop's Facebook page. After all, it's what we are all about.

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