WAIF store opens its doors at new location

FREELAND — The Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation Thrift Store in Freeland is now open at its new location. Since Aug. 11, the crew of dedicated volunteers has been in their new and bigger digs at 1660 Roberta Ave. behind Whidbey Island Bank.

  • Saturday, August 25, 2007 12:00pm
  • Business

Staff at WAIF is thrilled about the new store. Ampy Wilson

FREELAND — The Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation Thrift Store in Freeland is now open at its new location.

Since Aug. 11, the crew of dedicated volunteers has been in their new and bigger digs at 1660 Roberta Ave. behind Whidbey Island Bank.

They sell a broad selection of items, from clothes to electronics to kitchen accessories.

“We have a marvelous kitchen area,” store manager Mary Dickman said.

“It’s light and airy. It’s so different from the old space,” she added.

WAIF Thrift Stores are owned and operated by WAIF and proceeds pay for WAIF’s mission to help homeless companion animals. WAIF provides food, shelter, veterinary care and nurturing to displaced pets until loving homes can be found for them.

The Freeland Thrift Store opened in 1995 and the Oak Harbor Thrift Store opened in 2000.

Mainly staffed by volunteers, the stores have been successful fundraisers.

It’s also a good time to get a special deal at the thrift store.

“We have a sale every day,” Dickman said. The store sells high-quality used items in a clean, well-maintained environment.

Customers, even though they had been warned by signs, were thrown off by the move but slowly but surely have found the stores new home and are equally excited as the staff.

“We’re gung-ho about our new store,” Dickman said.