Gradually, the longtime customers of the New Rochelle Humane Society Thrift Shop are finding the store’s new downtown location.
It opened there in August after having sold its wares for years from a North Avenue location near the city train station.
Clothing, jewelry, shoes, even stuff with the tags still on them.
“It’s surprising the lovely things that people just don’t want anymore,” said Dianne Heim, a board member of the humane society.
Shortly before Christmas, a guy came in looking for a Santa Claus suit, said volunteer Jackie Bruskin.
“He had the hat, but he didn’t have anything else,” she said.
Manager Mary Beth Fraioli said it’s the dealers who find them first. But others are coming.
Other than the rent and operation costs and Fraioli’s, everything they collect goes to help the humane society, the home of 200 cats and dogs at 70 Portman Road, Heim said.
“When they’re shopping, they’re also donating to the cause,” she said.
The humane society could use the money. I wrote several days ago about the humane society’s efforts to buy a generator to keep the animals comfortable when the power goes out, as it did for six days after Superstorm Sandy struck.
The store has the usual assortment of treasures and hand-me-downs you would expect to find in a thrift shop. The photo here shows a wooden Eddie Bauer high chair that Heim’s son found…
Here are some other finds that were on sale at the store recently: