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Thrift stores urge donors to call ahead

Kristofer B. WakefieldTom Dax (left) recently donated a couch to AnimalSave Thrift & Treasures in Grass Valley. Dax is seen here helping volunteer Gretchen Sitton pull out the couch from his pickup.
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Enter the backroom at AnimalSave Thrift & Treasures in the Glenbrook Basin, and you are likely to meet men and women steaming coats, hauling sofas and sorting clothing.

These workers, most of whom are volunteers, prepare the donated items for sale – from the $4 duck-shaped whiskey bottle to the $50 oak table and the $20 handmade crochet bedspread.

At times, however, the backroom gets too full. That’s when donors are turned away.



Melise Munroe, AnimalSave manager, said she refuses donations when the backroom gets too full because volunteers could trip over the items. “I’m very concerned about the volunteers’ safety,” she said.

Twylah Lemargie, manager at the Cancer Aid Thrift Shop, said she was forced to turn donations away Tuesday when two volunteers called in sick, leaving the store understaffed.




Volunteering is hard work, Lemargie and Munroe said. “It’s like (doing) housework all day long,” Munroe said.

Donations of all kinds are accepted but volunteers at thrift shops always hope for quality items.

“We’re always looking for gently used items,” Barbara Lowe, assistant manager at AnimalSave, said at the store, which raises money for a future no-kill shelter near Grass Valley.

Thrift stores – including AnimalSave Thrift & Treasures, LivingWell Thrift Store on Whiting Street, the Penn Valley Fire Department Auxillary Thrift Shop on Spenceville Road in Penn Valley, and W.O.W. Gift-N-Thrift Shop on Zion Street, and others – do not accept computer monitors, television sets and mattresses to avoid dumping fees when the items do not work.

(The Nevada County Transfer Station now charges $28 to dispose of a portable television, $38 for a console television, and $23 for a computer monitor.)

To make sure the store takes donations, it is always best to call ahead, Nora Kinney, a volunteer at the Penn Valley Fire Department Auxillary Thrift Shop said Tuesday.


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