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Rikki’s Refuge to open thrift shop

Rikki’s Refuge is expanding into the thrift shop business thanks to five donors who bought what was formerly J.T. Lacy Appliances near Four Mile Fork.

The 8,800-square foot structure at 3503 Lafayette Blvd. in Spotsylvania County sold for $750,000 in September, and is expected to open in January as “Re–Tail: A Pawesome Resale Shop.”

It will sell gently used clothing, toys, furniture and other household goods.

Kerry Hilliard, founder and director of Rikki’s Refuge in Orange County, said her organization, which is owned by Life Unlimited of Virginia, has been planning for years to open a thrift shop in order to spur a steady flow of income to aid the animals it serves.

Details are being worked out, but the goal is to share the income from the thrift shop with other private and public shelters so the entire region benefits, she said.

“It doesn’t really matter where an animal is adopted from, just that they do [get adopted],” Hilliard said.

She said that she isn’t concerned about being in close proximity to other thrift shops because each shop’s merchandise is unique. Plus, people are turning to thrift shops more often due to the economy.

Hilliard is encouraging people to hold onto unwanted Christmas gifts or items they’re considering clearing out in 2014. She said those are just the kinds of things she will need to launch the venture.

The Re–Tail shop is expected to be open daily from about 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Pamela Gould: 540/735-1972


Rikki’s Refuge plans to hold a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot in front of the thrift shop location.

Re–Tail: A Pawesome Resale Shop will operate at 3503 Lafayette Blvd. near Four Mile Fork in Spotsylvania.