Scooter’s Pals to open thrift store |

Scooter’s Pals to open thrift store

Illya "Bill" Bergala, left to right, Noel Chapman and Susan Wallace stand in Scooter’s Place Quality Secondhand Store at 139 Joerschke Drive, Grass Valley. The new thrift store is set to open Saturday
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What: Scooter’s Place thrift store opening

Where: 139 Joerschke Drive, Grass Valley

Hours: Closed Monday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

For info: Call 530-350-2099

A painting of store namesake Scooter hangs in the entry of Nevada County’s newest thrift store, which is set to open Saturday.

Scooter’s Pals, dedicated to saving sheltered dogs and cats at risk in high-kill shelters, is opening Scooter’s Place Quality Secondhand Store in the nonprofit’s current location next to Hertz Rent A Car in Grass Valley.

A grand opening celebration will run from noon to 3 p.m. and will feature refreshments, a raffle and a special Adopt-a thon, said Scooter’s Pals founder Susan Wallace.

Wallace recruited Noel Chapman and Illya Bergala, a Penn Valley couple who run an online business called Grumpy Treasures, to run the store, saying with a laugh, “They actually know what they’re doing.”

The two started out selling items on consignment for Scooter’s Pals on eBay, so it was a natural transition to ask them to run the day-to-day operations of the store.

Chapman stressed that the resale shop will focus on higher-quality items, including collectibles and jewelry.

“What we’re hoping for is to have an upscale feel by getting gently used goods, clothing, household items and maybe small furniture,” she wrote on her blog. “I know there may be mixed feelings out there on whether or not we need another thrift store, but what I’ve learned is that it’s not a competition. It simply adds to the mix … There’s a large group of people who love to go thrift shopping, and we hope to get on their route.”

Wallace concurred. “I don’t think you can have too many thrift stores,” she said. “The economy is such that everyone’s looking for good deals — and we will be able to create some income for the dogs. That’s our agenda. The more money we can raise, the more dogs we can save. It’s really that simple.”

One feature that will set Scooter’s Place apart is that it will be open Sundays, Chapman said.

Wallace stressed that the store will need an ongoing flow of donations.

“Keep us in mind,” she said. “We’ll be here forever as long as people support our work.”

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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