The South Coast Humane Society (SCHS) has shifted its focus from building a new thrift store in Brookings to using an empty, former furniture store in Harbor.
The nonprofit organization announced this week it has purchased the former Appel’s furniture store located at 16094 Highway 101 South.
The SCHS will move its current thrift store, located at 620 Hemlock Street in Brookings, to Harbor in May, with a grand opening tentatively schedule for mid-June, said Judy Pfaendler SCHS board president.
“The old furniture store is ideal for what our needs are,” Pfaendler said. “We’re so crammed where we are now. This is going to be so much better.”
The location is excellent, she said, and the size of the new building — about 12,000 square feet — will allow the SCHS to expand its clothing offerings and add more furniture.
“We’ve had to turn away donations of furniture because we have no space to store it,” Pfaendler said.
She said thrift store sales provide 60 to 70 percent of the funding for the animal shelter and its programs.
The SCHS paid $414,625 for the property, using money that it had been saving for years to build a thrift store on a vacant lot between Hemlock and Railroad streets.
No money was used from the SCHS shelter funds, Pfaendler said. Financing was made through Rogue Federal Credit Union, she said.
The SCHS had considered buying the Appel’s store years ago, but at that time the asking price was about $900,000, she said.
The organization started looking for alternatives to building on Hemlock Street after recent changes to city codes and the cost of construction became cost prohibitive.
“We checked back with the Appel’s store and the price had dropped significantly,” Pfaendler said.
The building was constructed in 1987 and used as a furniture store until about three years ago.
The decision to purchase the building was difficult “after having invested both time and money in our earlier goal of construction,” she said.
“In the end we determined that it was better for our organization, and the community as a whole, to invest in an existing building.”
She added, “Now we will start the process of preparing the building and moving. Our current lease expires soon, allowing for a smooth transition. SCHS wants our many supporters to know the direction that we are heading.”
Those who would like to donate funds toward the development of the new Thrift Store are encouraged to call the Thrift Store at 541-469-5694 or the shelter at 541-412-0325.
Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 7754, Brookings, OR, 97415. Donations should be marked for the use of the thrift store.