Humane Society opens new thrift store

By Gordon Oliver, Columbian business editor

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A new ReTails Thrift Store at 5000 E. Fourth Plain Blvd. will hold its grand opening celebration from today through Monday.

The store, operated by the Humane Society for Southwest Washington to help fund its programs and animal care, offers a new specialty concept of vintage-style treasures and craft-friendly items. It also carries the usual selection of used clothing, household goods, linens and books.

The new store, which opened its doors earlier this month, replaced a ReTails store on Northeast 28th Street with limited visibility and difficult access, said Denise Barr, the Humane Society's marketing director. A second ReTails Thrift Store with more traditional thrift store offerings is located at 3200 N.E. 52nd, at St. Johns Boulevard.

The Humane Society of Southwest Washington has operated a ReTails store for 16 years, and the stores have become important fundraisers for the nonprofit, producing $927,000 in gross revenue last year, Barr said.

The opening festivities at the Fourth Plain store, across from Golden Skate, will include a daily drawing, and the first 300 customers will receive a special red bag. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The donation trailer in the parking lot is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.