Michelle Bryant, director of the humane society, said Sunday she does not have an actual count of the number of customers who attended last weekend’s grand opening of the thrift store, “Two by Two,” which benefits the Clayton County Humane Society but the event did have a “steady stream’ of customers.
“Despite the weather, we had a wonderful response and we are so grateful to the community for welcoming us,” she said.
She was also pleased with the sales of the thrift store at 150 North McDonough St. in Jonesboro, saying many antiques were sold, including collectibles, furniture and many antiques.
“We don’t have an actual count of how much we sold but we estimate we sold about a third of the items we have available in the thrift store, which we were pleased with,” Bryant said.
Following the grand opening, the thrift store will be open on Friday and Saturday only from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bryant added the success of the thrift store is important to the success and future of the Clayton County Humane Society.
Although the organization houses from 75 to 100 animals on a regular basis, the Clayton County Humane Society is financed solely through donations and purchases at the thrift store.
As a result, Bryant said each year the organization’s budget is “bare bones” and it is a struggle for the humane society to cover its operating expenses.
The financial situation becomes even more stressful because of the huge increase in animals being brought to the Clayton County Humane Society from owners who can not longer care for them.
In addition, Bryant said the escalating cost of medical care for the animals plus the decline in monetary donations has cause the human society’s financial situation to be even more severe.
It is for that reason the Clayton County Humane Society opened the thrift store as another source of revenue.
During Saturday’s grand opening, Bryant said a number of people who had adopted animals from the shelter earlier attended and pledged their continued support.
“The best way to get our message out is through those who have used the humane society to adopt an animal and we are grateful for their support,” she said.
For more information on adoptions from the Clayton County Humane Society, call (770) 471-9436.