No-Flea Boutique Now Open 3 Days a Week!
The Humane Society of St. Thomas' new No-Flea Boutique is now open every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The resale shop is located at the new Humane Care Campus, off Weymouth Rhymer Highway and across from the entrance to Market Square East. Humane Society members who show their membership card at check-out will receive an extra 10 percent off, and all purchases directly benefit the island's homeless pets.
The Humane Society is no longer accepting clothing and household item donations at the Nadir location. Please bring them to the new site during its open hours.
If you are interested in volunteering at the new No-Flea Boutique and can donate one 4-hour shift each week, please email Leslie Maxwell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Flea Market History: Built by Volunteers
The Humane Society of St. Thomas Flea Market first began in 1975 and has struggled through its ups and downs. First, word had to be spread for donations and then for customers. Volunteers handled it all. They prepared the store and the storage areas. They picked up donations in their trucks. They received and sorted donations at the shelter. They cleaned, they repaired, they priced, they sold. Sometimes, they had the difficult task of dealing with theft and other dishonesties; but they remained steadfast with their goal to help the island animals. Because of their persistence, the shelter's operating funds increased, and more animals were saved.
Volunteers have operated the shelter over all these years, donating their time as regularly as they can. Some work once a week. Some are seasonal. Some work every day. More than one volunteer has given full time, 40+ hours per week. One volunteer even gave 60 to 80 hours a week for many years. Even when a full-time manager was hired, it was the volunteers who staffed the market with their own free time. Volunteers are how the Flea Market has survived and thrived into a major source of operating revenue. There are no paid Flea Market employees at this time.
Now the Flea Market has advanced to the ranks of No-Flea Boutique and has been relocated to spacious, cheerful surroundings at the new Humane Care Campus. Who got us there? Volunteers!
Volunteers, you are priceless. Leigh Cordiner
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