Monday, October 14, 2013

Furkids Animal Shelter & Thrift Shopping


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 


  1. Your local thrift store has some awesome stuff! Wish it was nearby so I could go scoop up that silver and ironstone! Love your projects and your furry babies! :)

    1. They do have awesome stuff, always! I wish I would have gotten both the silver bowl & ironstone but I have to stop somewhere! :) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. How cute is your repurposing! Y'all have an awesome thrift store. I wish we had that!

    1. Thanks, Tammy! I bet you have some thrift stores with some great items, you just gotta find the right one!

  3. It never occurred to me to open a thrift store to benefit our furry, beloved friends! My wheels are turning now!



    1. It is a great idea! We have several in our area & I try to support them 1st. Good luck if you start one!

  4. If I ever find myself in Georgia I'm shopping at Furkids thrift store. Please let me know when Aria finds her permanent home. Thank you for caring for her. Oh, I love your thrift shop treasures too. :) I very happy you joined our Thrift Benefit for Sheltered Animals.

    1. Thanks, Jeanette! If you are ever in Georgia, I will be happy to take you around!

  5. What a great shop and of course a great cause! Aria (and her foster fur sibling) are adorable! Really love your red-dos - adding a base to the cloche was a great idea and I LOVE anything horse so I'm so jealous of that find!
    Cheers- Happy to be on tour with you!

  6. Aria is so sweet! Thank you for doing this!

  7. I could hang at that shop all day! Lots of cool stuff to be had. I really like what you did with the cloche and that horse is gorgeous! Aria is just a doll. The fact that you've taken her under your wing, that is priceless!!!! I'm so glad to being doing this tour with you! ~ Amy

    1. Thanks, Amy! I love that shop, too, always lots of great items! Aria is super sweet, probably the sweetest dog I've ever had, it will be hard to let her go!

  8. What a great post! I love reading about Aria - what a sweet soul she must be. I really liked the items you got at the thrift store. I've never been to that thrift store, so I'll definitely need to take a field trip there soon! Thanks for such a great post!

    1. Thanks, Karen! Aria is super sweet! Let me know if you come up this way & we can shop together!

  9. I loved reading all about Aria. What a sweet post. Thanks for sharing your thrift store adventures!! Your gold horse looks amazing.
    Thanks for being a part of the blog tour :)

  10. Love this! The shop looks awesome and sweet Aria is precious. I wish we could adopt another dog but my husband would kill me if I brought another one home! :)
    Love what you did with the Rub 'N Buff. I recently discovered that product and have been having fun with it!

    -Erin @ DIY on the Cheap

  11. I love this post. I will have to check out that thrift store! Wish I still lived closer to it though! It looks amazing!!

  12. Awesome Pyrex and vintage suitcase set - love those! Looks like a great thrift store. That horse looks so much better with rub n' buff!

    1. Thanks, Kristen! There is always great stuff at that store!

  13. Loving all the great pieces...Nice Thrift store and great repurposing...

  14. Oh man, if only I lived closer to that store - what finds!!

  15. Aria is the true find. What a sweet dog. I hope & pray she gets the permanent loving home she deserves.

  16. That poor sad and cute kitty...glad that baby was rescued! ...and I would love shopping at that thrift store -- the dishware seems fabulous!