NEW YORK--The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced that it has teamed up with WebThriftStore.com to launch an online thrift store where its supporters can sell unneeded goods on behalf of the ASPCA, which will receive 80 percent of the sales proceeds. The ASPCA's web thrift store is open to anyone - whether they're just cleaning out their closets, prefer to donate items instead of cash, looking for a tax deduction or seeking bargains - at http://ASPCA.WebThriftStore.com.
"The creation of this online thrift store gives our supporters a unique new way to make a valuable contribution to our cause," said Jim Echikson, senior director of corporate partnerships for the ASPCA. "In lieu of making a monetary contribution - which can be tough for some in this economy - the public can now finally get around to cleaning out their garages, attics, and storage lockers and help animals in need across the country at the same time."
According to NPD Research, there is an estimated $700 billion of stuff cluttering homes and costing people money in storage facilities throughout the United States. WebThriftStore.com offers a simple way to help the public quickly and easily get these items into the hands of people who want them, while at the same time helping causes which are important to them.
"We are honored that the ASPCA has chosen to join us as one of our first charity partners," said WebThriftStore.com Founder and CEO Douglas Krugman. "WebThriftStore.com enables the ASPCA and its supporters to get all the benefits of running a national network of thrift stores without the costs and risks of creating one with bricks-and-mortar. It makes sense for everyone - charities, donors and shoppers - and it's something everyone can feel good about."
Prices on WebThriftStore.com are set by donors, and once items are sold, donors receive acknowledgement letters to substantiate 100 percent of their value as charitable contributions for tax purposes. Donors also receive free, prepaid mailing labels online, to print and affix to packages shipped via The United States Postal Service (USPS) or they can arrange local delivery of purchases directly with buyers. Shipping supplies are available free of charge. All purchases are backed by WebThriftStore.com's 30-Day Buyer Assurance Guarantee. WebThriftStore.com's free online platform is open to all registered 501(c)(3) organizations, enabling them to solicit in-kind donations from supporters and receive cash from their sale.