The Humane Society of Fairfax County operates two thrift shops that they use to help support the cost of medical care, housing, and feeding of rescued animals, while they await adoption. Donations of household items, toys, books and clean clothing that can be sold without repair will be appreciated. And, it’s a fun place to look for that little odd quirky thing you know you need even if you’re not sure what it is! “When you drop off your donations, take a moment to browse the thrift stores for fine collectibles, antiques, or other treasures,” suggest the volunteers at the HSFC.
The HSFC truck is available for large item pick-up when arrangements are made in advance. Please call 703-533-9268 or email [email protected], or visit their web site at www.hsfc.org for information or to schedule a pickup.
Founded in 1965, the HSFC is largely staffed by more than 100 committed volunteers. In 1994, a generous supporter of the Humane Society donated two lovely and historic brick buildings in the heart of the old City of Fairfax. One of the buildings houses the HSFC administrative offices, and a cat and small mammal adoption center, where animals are kept in spacious rooms “which allow the animals a real chance to show off for prospective adopters.”
Recently the Fairfax Second Chance thrift shop moved from the basement of the HSFA headquarters building into the second stand-alone building next door – a structure that must have been a small three-bedroom home. “The space is a little tighter,” says Mimi Dailey, a fifteen-year volunteer who mans the store several hours a week, “but it’s very cozy.” It is cozy – three rooms on the main floor surround a central room, and then up a narrow stair case there are two more rooms – one for women’s clothes; one for children’s clothes and toys. I felt like I was on a mysterious treasure hunt as I moved from room to room.
Naturally there are lots of knick-knacks and useful items with a bird or cat or dog motif, and there are some useful objects for animal owners. On my visit I saw a large enclosed cat carrier that looked new, for $4, and a large chubby cat-shaped cookie jar bearing the label “Cat Treats Jar” sat on the front desk. Up in the children’s section, I found a cute little band-aid shaped bank with an inscription that reads “I’m savin’ up to clone my cat.”
But the only relationship to animals of much of what’s in the store is the support that comes to the HSFC when it’s sold. I found a wonderful little herb planter with fresh herbs and soil, and a small almost-new coffee pot perfect for traveling.
You can’t take your pet shopping with you, but it’s still worth a stop or two, and your support will help take care of all those little animals that don’t have someone like you at home.
The two locations are as follows:
SECOND CHANCE 1 THRIFT STORE 4055 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax VA 22030
SECOND CHANCE 2 THRIFT STORE Intersection of West and Broad (Route 7)
929 West Broad Street, Falls Church VA 22046