WCHS Thrift Store officially opens in West Ocean City
Episode Date: May 14, 2018
(WEST OCEAN CITY, Md.) - The new Worcester County Humane Society Thrift Store has officially opened its doors in West Ocean City.
"Everyone's been really thrilled that we're finally open now,” said store manager Mary Martinez. “We had a soft opening on Saturday. We had a huge crowd, and we are very grateful to everybody who came out and supported us that day.”
The thrift store is located at 12703 Sunset Ave., units 5 and 6, West Ocean City, and will be open every Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"We get everything from men’s and women’s clothing, purses, shoes, accessories, house goods, housewares of every kind, and pet items,” said Martinez. “And we have a book nook where you can also read to our visiting kitties on Friday and Saturday.”
Martinez says the Worcester County Humane Society depends heavily on donations from the community to care for the many cats and dogs who call the shelter home until their forever families are found. All proceeds from the sale of all items will directly benefit the animals at the no-kill shelter.
“We are trying to help the shelter be more self-sufficient and hoping the store brings in the financial help, beyond the generous donations from our community,” said Martinez. “To house one healthy animal a year, it’s $1,900, and that’s a healthy animal. Often times, we get animals that have lots of problems because they’ve lived on the street or they’ve just not been taken care of all their life. That’s a lot of money and our adoption fees are only $150 per dog, so it doesn’t really cover all that expense."
Donations are accepted Fridays and Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the back door of the building only. Donations being accepted are gently used, in season, women’s and men’s clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry, house goods, books, pet items, and furniture such as chairs, tables, and bookcases. Children’s items are not being accepted at this time. Contact the store ahead of time at 410-213-9400 if you have larger pieces of furniture.
Additionally, Martinez says the Thrift Store is always in need of volunteers. Anyone interested should contact the store or leave a message on the store’s Facebook page (@WCHS Thrift Store).
“If you can volunteer one day a month, I would be thrilled,” said Martinez. “Just give the shop a call and leave your name and number and we would love to have you. People that like to support the shelter but don’t necessarily want to go to the shelter and volunteer because they’re afraid they’ll bring home five cats and six dogs, that’s not going to happen here, but you’re still going to be supporting the shelter and the animals by volunteering.”
Worcester County Humane Society, located at 12230 Eagle’s Nest Road, is a private, nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter that consistently houses nearly 150 cats and 25 dogs until they are adopted. Visit www.worcestercountyhumanesociety.org Follow the shelter on Facebook and Instagram for available pets and event updates.