Downtown thrift store supports furry friends; fashion raises money for CVAS

Patrons at the CVAS thrift store take a moment to snuggle with one of their furry friends. Photo by Sharielle Lawrence-Cadet
Patrons at the CVAS thrift store in Downtown Chambersburg take a moment to snuggle with one of their furry friends, Abby.
Photo by Sharielle Lawrence-Cadet

The Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter (CVAS) Thrift Store hosted its third annual Fashion Show on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Located on 66 South Main Street, the thrift store has been in operation for over two decades. Those attending the show, held from 2-4 p.m., received a 15% discount along with the chance to win door prizes. These raffles included baskets and selected furniture, such as an antique jewelry armoire.

Ginny Gill, lead thrift store volunteer, said, “The fashion show is held in the fall because it brings in more customers with the change in season fashions. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the store go straight to the animal shelter. Volunteers are always welcome!”

Sixteen volunteers picked outfits from the store’s current stock to model and walked the runway to show off the variety of clothing available for purchase. Large couches, lounge chairs and side tables were artistically arranged to create the runway through the store.

The thrift store offers clothing and footwear for women and men from baby to senior. The store carries various types of furniture, jewelry, house wares, kitchen appliances and utensils, pet supplies and books. The thrift store offers discounts for college students and senior citizens and accepts credit cards with a $5 minimum.

Present and past CVAS dogs attended as well. Abby and Axel were two current CVAS dogs who trotted down the runway enjoying the attention and applause from the crowd. Abby and Axel are available for adoption to a good home.

Abby, a high-energy Coonhound mix, climbed the couch for kisses from volunteers. This dog loves people and other dogs and seems to think she’s a lapdog. Along with being spayed, microchipped, and up to date on her vaccines, she knows basic commands and learns quickly. Four year old German Shepherd Axel, also up to date on his vaccines, proudly shows off his ability to “sit,” and socializes well with fellow canines.

Adoption fees are $110 per pup. A collar and ID tag are included for new adopters to go home with along with their updated vaccination records.

CVAS is located on 5051 Letterkenny Road West in Chambersburg. Please visit for more information on the current list of sheltered animals.

Photo by Sharielle Lawrence-Cadet
Furry friend Axel enjoys attention at the CVAS Thrift Store Fashion Show in Downtown Chambersburg.
Photo by Sharielle Lawrence-Cadet




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