Pet Partners wags with excitement for thrift store

Aug. 15, 2014 @ 06:36 AM

Balloons bounced in the breeze in front of the new Waggin' Tail Resale thrift store off Wilkesboro Boulevard at its grand opening Thursday.

Inside, the store burst with clothes, hats, scarves, purses, stuffed animals, jewelry and other items donated to raise money for Pet Partners Rescue.

Pet Partners Rescue volunteer Beverly Newsome came up with the idea for the store as an extra effort to raise money for a shelter the group plans to build. For months, Newsome had collected donated items for small yard sales to raise money, but she was collecting donated items faster than she could have yard sales. Eventually, Newcome had two garages full of donations.

“I just outgrew the space,” Newcome said. “I wouldn’t have turned (donations) down. I’d stacked it in my bathtub. So we talked one say and tried to find a resale store.”

It was a quick two weeks from finding the shop space, near Aldi’s on Wilkesboro Boulevard, to opening day.

“Everything we take in are donations,” Newcome said. “Every penny goes to the animals.”

Judy Cary, president of the group, said the thrift store will give Pet Partners a faster way of making money. Pet Partners survives on donations, and if a dog comes in that is injured or sick, the donation money pays vet bills instead of going to the shelter fund.

“We are definitely going to get a shelter faster because of a shop like this,” Cary said.

While happy with the store, Cary hopes for bigger things.

“Our hopes are to outgrow this (store) at the end of our six-month lease,” Cary said.

The Waggin' Tail Resale at 212-B Wilkesboro Blvd. is open Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Donations will be collected Monday-Wednesday. Pet Partners Rescue holds adoption fairs at Tractor Supply Co. in Lenoir on Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m.