A group of creative and inspiring bloggers are getting together for our first annual Hometalk Thrift Benefit for Sheltered Animals Blog Tour. Hometalk is a home and garden website that brings together professionals, bloggers and anyone interested in all things home. It's like Pinterest without the hair and nails!
(Be sure you follow the links at the bottom of the page so you can follow along with the rest of the tour.)
Meet Aria, I rescued this sweet little dog, that's how I became involved with Furkids.
Furkids is Georgia's largest no-kill animal shelter, housing 275+ cats per day. Furkids was founded in 2002 by Samantha Shelton after she found a stray mother cat & kittens and was unable to find a shelter that would take them in. They have rescued over 8,000 animals & every animal is spayed or neutered.
Furkids established a thrift store in 2009 that is supported by donations from individuals in the community. The store generates revenue and boost public awareness of Furkids and their valuable programs. All proceeds from the store go directly to benefit the animals.
The Furkids thrift store is located at 4015 Holcomb Bridge Road, Norcross, GA
They have sales every week & unlike some other local thrift stores you can actually find the tags that are on sale!
I think this vintage suitcase set was the same one I had as a kid. Lovely gold!
Great deal on this silverplate set from the 50's.
I have seen lots of these pieces redone & they look fantastic.
I loved this vintage armoire! Too bad I don't have a place for it, it was less than $100!!
They have several cats in the store that you will find cuddled up in the store.
Loved this chair & I may go back & get it. It would look fantastic refinished!
These vintage chairs would be perfect with a fresh coat of paint & some new fabric.
Johnson Brothers Ironstone!
Footed silver bowl, be still my heart!
This enamelware isn't old but it is from Crate & Barrel & looks brand new!
We had this pyrex when I was growing up. My mom probably still has it!
More vintage pyrex, these looked brand new!
They have lots of clothes.
Tons of books!
All the books are organized by subjects!
This beautiful kitty was found out behind the store, skinny & scared. He will eventually be available for adoption.
Need a Halloween costume for your dog? They had lots & they were new.
Here are a few of the goodies I purchased. (sorry for the blurry picture)
Did you notice the cloche in the above picture? I added a base & updated it with some paint. How cute is it now? I have never seen one with a metal handle on top, I might have to keep this one!
I also picked up this horse. I have been really drawn to horses lately.
Here's what I did with my thrift store horse. I removed the base & used gold rub n buff to give it an update. Now, would you pass this up in a thrift store?
This was the day I rescued Aria. This poor baby had been abused & neglected. She had no fur on her back end except for mats. There was horrible smelling fur wrapped around her teeth. Several of her teeth were loose & decaying, her breath was one of the worst things I had ever smelled & I am a dental hygienist so I know what bad breath is! Her ears were severely infected & had probably led to her hearing loss. When you reached to pet her she ducked, turned & went the other way.
This is her now, watching me
She had a good life at some point; someone had loved her. She had been spayed, was house broken (although she had forgotten) & loved to go on walks. I reached out to several local rescue groups & Furkids was the only one who stepped up. They took her in, provided her with all her shots, microchip & surgery to remove the loose teeth & a cyst on her back. I have provided the love & she has come such a long way. Now she wants to be with you all the time. She follows me everywhere including to the bathroom. She even got into the shower with me once because she couldn't see me through the shower curtain. She wags her tail now & that is one of the things that makes me the happiest. She will still duck slightly when you reach to pet her but she doesn't run away & I hope one day she will no longer duck. She sleeps on the couch & loves for you to rub under her chin & on her belly. Her fur has grown back & her breath smells great! She doesn't see well at night due to some trauma to her eye but we keep a flashlight handy when we take her out at night & she is fine. She can't hear except for loud noises such as my other dogs barking & if you clap your hands really loud. She loves to go on walks & ride in the car. She just curls up right in the back seat. She is a super sweet, loving dog who will make someone a wonderful companion. I will be devastated when she leaves (I am tearing up now just thinking about it) but I know we will find her the right home.
Love this sweet face & little black nose!
This is my big dog blocking her from me. He is part of the reason we can't keep her.
My daughter holding Aria at our 2nd adoption event. She is a true lap dog!
She eats off a spoon! I don't think she is spoiled :)
If you would like more information on Aria or any of her friends at Furkids, please go here
If you would like to donate to Furkids, please go here
Thrift Benefit: Did you know many communities across the country have thrift shops that sponsor your local Humane Society or animal shelter?
Shelter Animals: There are so many animals in need. Shelters do so much with so little.
Here's the schedule:
Monday, October 14
Tuesday, October 15
Wednesday, October 16
Thursday, October 17
Friday, October 18