I look good. It could be the sweet button-up Columbia shirt I’m wearing. Maybe it’s the cozy Patagonia sweater I rocked to drop the kids off at school the other day since it’s been chilly in the morning. I noticed one of the moms checking me out as she walked her kids to campus. Why am I suddenly turning heads? It’s not just my rugged good looks; it’s that I have been shopping at Thrifty Tails Boutique. All it took was a $15 shirt. Now I’m brimming with confidence. 

The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe opened Thrifty Tails this August. HSTT has been saving and improving the lives of pets in our region since 1994. The Truckee animal shelter was built by HSTT and the Town of Truckee in 2013. It is always a battle to fund the organization. In the past, HSTT relied on events for much of their budget. But Covid, smoke, and Tahoe’s tough winters were all factors that pushed the humane society to find a different way to keep the lights on. While a thrift store can be a challenge to operate, research shows they work. The SPCA of Northern Nevada has a successful thrift store in Reno that helps generate revenue to help local dogs and cats. This year, HSTT took the leap.

“We need volunteers,” said HSTT Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Nistler as she folded clothes and discussed the new venture.

THE THRILL OF THE FIND: Peruse all kinds of gently-used clothes and home goods at Truckee’s newest thrift store, Thrifty Tales.

Nistler’s message to shoppers looking to get a jump on the best clothes: “Volunteers get a 10% discount and the chance to see items before they hit the floor.”

There are a variety of shifts with opportunities for adults and their children to help sort clothes or work the floor. Volunteers looking for a way to help without volunteering at the shelter now have a new way to support HSTT.  

Not only does Thrifty Tails support your local humane society, they are keeping clothes recycled and out of the landfill. Fashion can be a dirty business. Supporting Thrifty Tails reduces waste and gives some great clothes new life. Want to have a more sustainable Halloween? This is your answer.

LET’S GO SHOPPING: At Thrifty Tales in Truckee, you can score great clothes while also helping a great cause — the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. Courtesy photos

My recommendation is to stop by Coffeebar right next door and then sip your favorite beverage as you check out the deals. The housewares are great. We got some sweet seat cushions for our patio furniture for only $8. On my last visit there were men’s shirts from Tommy Bahama, Volcom, and Banana Republic. My high school-age daughter did her back-to-school shopping and my wife found a Flylow puffy in new condition for $40. I’m getting excited just thinking about it. 

Thrifty Tails also needs your donations. Visit hstt.org and click on the Thrifty Tails logo to see what items they can and cannot take. Donations are by appointment except on Saturdays. Thrifty Tails is located at 12047 Donner Pass Rd. in the old Sears location. Support a wonderful organization and get some great deals today.  


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