Where Shopping Saves Lives!


If you’re a supporter of the SPCA Albrecht Center, you may have visited the SPCA’s Thrift Store, located in the Mitchell Shopping Center. There have been various locations over the years, but the concept of the Store has always been the same – to provide Aiken with a one-of-a-kind Thrift Store, which, in turn, directly provides for the wellbeing of the homeless and neglected animals that come to the Shelter. This earned the Store its motto: ‘Where Shopping Saves Lives.’

Opening in the spring of 2018, the new Store in the Mitchell Shopping Center (1589 Whiskey Rd) is packed with amazing Thrift Store finds. From clothing, jewelry and shoes to houseware, furniture and pet supplies, the Store is a one-stop shop for the thriftiest shoppers. With every item being donated by supporters, nearly all of the revenues made go towards veterinary care and supplies to provide the shelter animals with a quality life until they find their forever homes.

As a nonprofit organization, the Thrift Store has proven essential to the daily operations of the Shelter and the livelihood of the animals at the SPCA Albrecht Center. It’s just one more way in which the community shows its incredible compassion and support for Aiken’s homeless pet population and makes each and every day a little brighter for these animals.

Unfortunately, the Thrift Store was required to close as a nonessential business at the start of COVID-19. This resulted in a (minimum) $50,000 loss of critical revenues for the Shelter. Luckily, the Store is back open (masks required and with limited occupancy), and we are welcoming our avid shoppers back into the Store with open, socially distanced arms.

To celebrate the reopening of the Store, we have decided to move forward with our annual Holiday Shop Grand Opening event, but with a twist (including COVID precautions):

On Tuesday, October 27th the SPCA Albrecht Center Thrift Store (Located at 1589 Whiskey Rd in Aiken) will host their annual Holiday Thrift Store Preview, which serves as a Grand Opening of their Holiday Shop. The Store will be closed Monday, October 26th as staff, volunteers and Board members put out all new holiday and winter merchandise in preparation for this event.

There will be an exclusive first-look, first-buy from 9am to noon. Supporters may reserve one of the sixty limited FREE early admission tickets to enter from 9am to noon – early admission tickets will be $5 the day of the event. Tickets can be acquired from the SPCA Thrift Store (1589 Whiskey Rd, Aiken), the SPCA Albrecht Center (199 Willow Run Rd, Aiken) or online at www.LetLoveLive.org.

Free general admission (no ticket necessary) will be from 12pm to 5pm.

The SPCA Albrecht Center Thrift Store’s Holiday Shop Grand Opening will feature brand new holiday and winter merchandise, light refreshments and door prizes from BULLYMAKE, Adventure Cats and Pet Winery. From winter apparel and jewelry to Christmas decorations and holiday houseware, all at Thrift Store prices, there is something special for every shopper. Even better, 100% of your purchase goes towards the care of the homeless shelter animals at the SPCA Albrecht Center, which is why the SPCA Thrift Store is “Where Shopping Saves Lives.”

This event is sponsored by Security Federal Bank and Carolina Equine Clinic.

Join the SPCA Thrift Store Tuesday, October 27th from 9am to noon for early admission or noon to 5pm for general admission at 1589 Whiskey Road in Aiken (located in the Mitchell Shopping Center) for the Thrift Store’s annual Holiday Shop Grand Opening.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, masks will be required during this event and strict capacity limits are set to ensure a safe event for staff, volunteers and supporters.

At the register, be sure to sign up for the SPCA Thrift Store’s AppCard Loyalty Program to earn points towards exclusive discounts.


An Aiken native and self-proclaimed cat lady, Claire Grimes is the SPCA Albrecht Center’s Communications Director, working in marketing, grant writing and media correspondence. She attended College of Charleston, where she graduated with a degree in Nonprofit Business and interned with Charleston Animal Society, the leader in No-Kill South Carolina. When not working, you can find Claire hanging out with her 18-pound Maine Coon mix, Anakin.

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The SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare is a

tax-exempt 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization.

EIN: 57-0329782

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