New thrift store benefits forgotten pets

Published: Jun. 27, 2022 at 5:50 PM EDT
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ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - A new thrift store has a meaningful message behind each purchase customers make.

“Threads of Hope” is located at 102 Piedmont Rd. The owners, Donna Taylor and Mackenzie King, are long-time friends who’ve always dreamed of opening their own store. Both have a passion for animals, so they put their heads together to create “Threads of Hope.”

“I wanted it to be something that hasn’t already been done,” said Taylor.

The store’s proceeds benefit “Auction for a Kaws,” an organization focused on protecting animals and giving them a new life.

When you walk through the store, you will find gently used items like clothing, shoes, jewelry, and even furniture. All the items are donated by the community.

Both Taylor and Kings say another element that sets their store apart is how they recycle the items they can’t use. By partnering with Giving WaYa, they can send clothes to those in need.

“A lot of stuff that is worn or unusable actually goes to other countries that don’t produce textiles and then anything that is not used past that it sent to a recycling facility where they chop that up and can use the thread to make recycled clothing so full circle nothing ends up in the landfill,” said leaders at Giving WaYa.

The owners say this store was about 6 months in the making, and although doors just opened Saturday, they’re already looking at expanding to give shoppers, even more, to choose from.

“Auction for a Kaws” Red Bin Donation Locations:

*Threads Of Hope: 102 Piedmont Rd. Piedmont, SC 29673 Exit 39 off I-85

*Solar Tan: 301 Haywood Center, Greenville, SC 29607

*K9 Corner: 3013 Grandview Dr, Simpsonville, SC 29680

*10 Star Fitness Spartanburg: 2700 Reidville Rd, Spartanburg, SC 29301

*10 Star Fitness Anderson: 219 Brown Rd, Anderson, SC 29621

*Sports Fitness Club Greenville: 712 Congaree Rd, Greenville, SC 29607

*10 Star Fitness Greenville: 19 Gladys Dr, Greenville, SC 29607

*Starbucks Travelers Rest: 30 Krieger Ct, Travelers Rest, SC 29690

For more information about Giving WaYa recycling fundraisers, contact Steve Jordan at 864.482.7374 or