I have to tell you about people who utterly amaze me every day.

We have a great staff at the shelter. We have incredible volunteers, but we also have a group of people at our thrift store in Chambersburg who are worth their weight in gold.

Our thrift store is at 66 S. Main St. in Chambersburg, and we get donations just about every day. The staff sorts the donations, prices them and gets them out on the floor to be sold. They do all this while waiting on customers, answering phone calls and keeping the store clean.

Keep in mind, we ask that the donations to the store be in working order and clean. It takes a long time to sort through the donations we get, and sometimes we can’t sell what we receive. We’ve also been really careful since COVID hit and have been taking precautions to make sure the staff and volunteers are safe while getting donations ready for the shelves.

Claudia runs the store and she is a real gem. She has half-price sales from time-to-time where everything in the store – and I mean everything – is half price. The bargains you can find on those days are absolutely amazing.

Anything that you purchase at or donate to our thrift store will go toward helping the animals at CVAS.

We’re incredibly lucky to have our store and the people that work so hard to keep it going. The income we receive really does help keep the shelter going, so please know that your donations are helping homeless animals.

I’ve helped some days down at the store, and believe me, those people are hopping. It’s a retail business, so for anyone who has ever worked in that industry, you know how challenging it can be. Just when you’ve got a good groove going with a display, you’ll be called to check out a customer or answer a question.

Never a dull moment is a good way to describe our thrift store.

I am also amazed at the bargains you can find there. I have clothing that I have purchased at our thrift store – sometimes for just $1 – that people will continually comment on. They will say how nice a shirt looks or how cool a pair of jeans are.

When I tell them I bought them at our thrift store, they look surprised. You can not only find bargains there, but really nice clothes. There are items at the store that still have the price tags on them and have clearly never been worn. If you haven’t had a chance to take a look around in a while, you really should stop by.

I haven’t even mentioned the furniture yet. Furniture is a big seller at our thrift store, and sometimes tough for us to pick up. If you or anyone you know would like to help the store, either stocking shelves or particularly with furniture deliveries, please give them a call at: (717) 261-1996.

We get some great furniture donations, so if you’re looking to furnish a new apartment or a place for a college student, our thrift store is a great place to shop.

CVAS is incredibly lucky to have our staff and volunteers keep our thrift store going for our animals. It means the world to us that they do it and our animals certainly appreciate it. You can help them, too, by donating to or shopping at the store.

Stop by today. You might be surprised by what you find.


Jennifer Vanderau is the Publications and Promotions Consultant for the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, and can be reached at: cvascomm@cvas-pets.org. The shelter accepts both monetary and pet supply donations. For more information, call the shelter at: (717) 263-5791, or visit the website: www.cvas-pets.org. CVAS also operates a thrift store in Chambersburg. Help support the animals at the shelter by donating to or shopping at the store.


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