Second Life in Avondale Estates celebrated its seventh anniversary in March. This upscale thrift shop has raised over $1 million in its seven years to be donated as grants to a variety of animal rescue organizations, pet charities and spay/neuter programs – a remarkable achievement.
Even if it were not for a good cause, I have always loved shopping at Second Life. They have just about anything you might need from clothing to books, housewares, electronics, jewelry and pet supplies. On top of that, there is a second shop next door which contains plenty of furniture, artwork, lamps and decorative items. The turnover is so great that I always find something I can use or cannot “live without.”
Founded by the wife/husband team of Toby Tobias and Tanya Mahrous, the operation relies on a small staff and lots of very dedicated and helpful volunteers. “We are proud of the work our team has done over the years to help us reach this [$1 million] achievement and are happy to help make a difference in the community.”
There are also special days each month at Second Life. Along with sales on certain types of things like clothing, there is a grand 40% off sale each month [dates vary]. These are always crowded with shoppers so try to get there early. In addition Second Life has a monthly “Greyhound Meet & Greet” on the third Saturday of each month. Greyhound “ambassadors” are always on hand from Southeastern Greyhound Adoption so shoppers can learn more about this breed. The store fosters cats inhouse and collects for the pet food pantry too.
Second Life is located a # 1 N. Clarendon [across from the Fire Station] with ample free parking. There are also several good restaurants in walking distance if you want to make a full day of your visit. It is open Tues.-Sat., 11-6 and Sun., 12-5. For more information about sales and events, see www.secondlifeatlanta.org or call 678-974-5671.