Grand opening of the Humane Society’s Thrifty Tails Boutique Thrift Store

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TRUCKEE, Calif.— The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe (HSTT) is hosting the much-anticipated grand opening of their new thrift store, Thrifty Tails Boutique, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Saturday, Aug. 19

After years of searching for an adequately sized, high-visibility/high-traffic, walk-in retail space in Truckee, HSTT is finally set to open their store located at 12047 Donner Pass Rd., Suite A3 in Truckee, where Sears had been located for many years.

With abundant parking, neighboring businesses with steady daily traffic, auxiliary space for sorting and storing donations, fitting rooms and an office, the former Sears location has become the ideal space for the new HSTT hybrid boutique, which will also operate as a hub for an online store. 

“This isn’t your ordinary thrift store. In true HSTT fashion, and after much research, we have brought together a unique thrift experience for our community featuring high-quality, boutique-style items with ready-to-wear options as well,” says HSTT CEO Stephanie Nistler. “It’s been years in the making, and now this dream is becoming a reality.”

Sales from the thrift boutique will support all of HSTT’s vital programs assisting people and pets in the greater Lake Tahoe area. Net proceeds from the thrift boutique will go directly toward rescue and the rehoming of at-risk pets, as well as funding critical programs such as their Community Spay/Neuter programthe Community Pet PantryCommunity Pet Financial Assistance program, Humane Education, and Pet Assisted Therapy programs.

Volunteer opportunities.

HSTT is looking for more volunteers to help run their store. If you are interested in volunteering at Thrifty Tails Boutique, please contact Erin Ellis, Community Engagement Director for HSTT at


While HSTT appreciates the intention of all donations, due to space constraints, sellability and legal reasons, they cannot accept everything, so please be sure to check the lists of acceptable and unacceptable items. Donations are accepted by appointment from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday, and without an appointment from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday. To schedule a donation, visit

Here are some tips to make the most of your donation:

Schedule a donation appointment to help us expedite the process and ensure to only bring in items that can be accepted for resale.

Consider Condition: Gently used items are always appreciated. Worn-in shoes, torn, frayed, or faded clothing will most likely be disposed of at our expense, so please don’t bring worn-out items.

Pre-Wash Please: HSTT don’t have the resources to launder items, so please ensure your clothing donations are clean! Household items should be clean and undamaged too. Things that are not in usable condition are not sellable.

Keep it Organized: Putting like items together can expedite the donation process. Please take clothes off hangers and bag or box them separately from household items.

Wrap it Up: HSTT would hate for any fragile items to be damaged before they can find their new owner! Please wrap breakables appropriately.

Consider What It’s Worth: HSTT will provide a general in-kind donation receipt; however, they can’t advise an amount. Consult your tax advisor for details. 

For a detailed list of items that can and cannot be accepted and more information, visit

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