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Middleburg Humane thrift store moves to Marshall |

Middleburg Humane thrift store moves to Marshall

A popular shop that offers bargains on upscale home décor, china and clothes has moved to Marshall.

The Middleburg Humane Foundation Thrift Store opened Friday on West Main Street last week.

Run by five volunteers, the shop started in 1997 to raise funds for the Middleburg Humane Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Marshall that rescues, cares and finds homes for a variety of abused animals.

The shop has produced as much as $90,000 a year to support the foundation’s work.

“Everything we sell is donated to us and the money all goes to Middleburg Humane Foundation,” said board member and shop Manager Nancy Hanscom.

“We needed more room,” Ms. Hanscom added. “We had a very small space in Middleburg” — about 400 square feet.

With about 900 square feet, the shop also has a new name, the Middleburg Humane Foundation Resale Boutique. The foundation rents from Tom McMillen and his wife Judith Niemyer, who bought and renovated the building several years ago.

The shop accepts donations of clean, gently worn men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, paintings, home décor, kitchen items, books, CDs, DVDs, vintage items, saddles and riding clothes.

With the expanded space, the store also will sell furniture.

New or used items have price tags that range from 50 cents to occasionally $1,000.

Ms. Hanscom said she has seen an outpouring of support from the community, with people visiting the shop before it officially opened.

Sue and John Farris from Gainesville stopped by the new Marshall location Friday.

Patrons of the thrift store for about 10 years, Mr. and Mrs. Farris approve of the move.

“It’s such a nice drive down here. This town is getting a good reputation with restaurants,” Mrs. Farris said.

“He likes the records and music,” she said. “You never know what you’ll find.”

Mother and daughter Jeanette and Julianna Broz from Georgetown have visited the shop for about five years.

“We try to find day outings, and we love it out here,” Ms. Broz said. “I love thrift stores set up to benefit animals and humans.

“They have good donations and not the crowds you have in D.C.,” she said. “I love the horse stuff.”

The shop needs volunteers to help sort donated items.

The new location also proved convenient to the foundation’s new shelter site on the west end of Marshall.

Foundation leaders this fall hope to open their new, 10,000-square-foot shelter under construction on the former Cunningham Farm.

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