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Humane Society to open store Saturday

— The Clayton County Humane Society is taking a little inspiration from the biblical story of Noah’s Ark for a new store it is opening this weekend.

The nonprofit group will launch its “Two by Two” thrift shop with a grand opening celebration Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at 150 North McDonough St. in Jonesboro.

“The community is really going to be critical to the success of the store,” Humane Society President Michele Bryant said. “If they don’t come out and buy things, then the store won’t last very long.”

Bryant said the store will be a “year-round” fundraising effort which, if successful, could result in the phasing out of the group’s biannual mega yard sales. It will be somewhat different from the yard sales in terms of what is offered, she added.

All of the items available for sale will be donated so while they need customers to buy items, Bryant said they will also continuously need people to donate items for sale.

Items available for purchase will be “gently used” and range from antiques to animal bowls to toys and custom-made furniture. The cheapest item for sale at the store is $3 and the most expensive item is a $1,000 custom-made sofa and love seat combination which Bryant said is probably worth as much as $4,000.

“It won’t be yard sale quality items available for sale,” Bryant said. “It’ll be a little bit better quality.”