Lucky Dog Thrift Store is holding its grand opening this Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., but proprietor Bo Fothergill said he’s already received lots of donations from the community, particularly furniture, collectibles, and vintage clothing.

Fothergill has worked as a special needs camp professional for 20 years but when his last stint in the field ended last year, he realized he wanted to tyr something different. The thrift store was the brainchild of Tammy Coy but she had her hands full with her own business, Estate Collectibles in Victor. That’s why she reached out to Fothergill, who also has a background in antiques and collectibles.

“I love thrift stores. I love the hunt,” Fothergill said. “The idea is that we’ll be selling gently used second-hand items.”

As the owner of two rescue dogs, it was also Coy’s idea to benefit animals.

“Tammy understands that in Teton Valley, pets are an integral part of people’s lives,” Fothergill said.

Fothergill explained that the store’s mission is to benefit homeless animals in Teton Valley and the great area, so when organizations’ programs fall under that umbrella, Lucky Dog will help them. He also hopes to play host to adoptable animals at the store, and predicts that he’ll soon take home a dog of his own, now that he’s not spending so much time away from home.

The store, located at 290 North Main in a house that has been everything from a day care to a mortuary, will be open Monday-Saturday 10-6 and Sunday noon to 5. Fothergill said the layout of the store will feel like a house, with kitchen goods in the kitchen, living room décor in the living room, and outdoor gear on the patio. He also plans to accept larger items such as boats and cars, and wants to hold a couple auctions a year.

While Fothergill is currently the only staff member, he’s hoping for a few people to donate a couple hours to sorting and staging items. Contact him at (405) 659-3962.

The grand opening and ribbon cutting (performed by Teton Regional Economic Coalition) will be on Sept. 14, with light appetizers and drinks provided.

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