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Citizens for Animal Protection’s (CAP) Thrift Store, the only Houston-area thrift store benefiting homeless animals, offers customers a vast assortment of designer labels, house wares and unique decorative items.

The store, which opened in 2006, recently moved to a new, larger site at 11925 Katy Fwy., the former home of CAP’s shelter. Here shoppers can find clothing, shoes and purses, along with books and collectibles. Its decorative merchandise has been known to include English china and Italian pottery, silver serving pieces and colorful glass. The shop also carries furniture and appliances.

Donations come in daily, so shoppers never know what they’ll find from one visit to the next. “The store’s proceeds directly benefit the animals in our shelter,” says Hershey Grace, CAP’s thrift store manager and special events coordinator. “People can save money here and help Houston’s homeless animals at the same time.” The Thrift Store sales bring in over $5,000 per week to help save the animals.

Community members have gone all out with their store donations, providing customers with a treasure-trove of high-end merchandise. The store’s racks have been graced by pieces by such designers as Abercrombie & Finch, Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang and Coach, among others.

“Our customers have discovered some wonderful finds here,” says Grace. “For them, the thrill of the hunt is half the fun. Others come because they love the idea that their purchases help us care for animals in need and find them forever homes.”

The thrift store is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Sunday 12 – 6: 30 p.m. Volunteers accept donations daily at the store at 11925 Katy Fwy. To reach the thrift store, call 281-497-7559.

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