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Finders Keepers opens for business

PRINCETON — A resale shop carrying a variety of merchandise has opened in Princeton, and all funds will go to support Friends of Strays No-Kill Animal Shelter.

Finders Keepers opened recently at 306 E. Backbone Road, the first building east of Prime Quarter, with only quality merchandise, said Bonnie Doty, shelter manager.

“We will have clothing, housewares, furniture, baby things, books and small appliances,” said Doty. “We will also have vintage clothing and a few antiques.”

Finders Keepers will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The phone number at the shop is 815-879-7387.

“We have thought about opening this shop for at least 10 years,” added Doty. “We never proceeded with the idea. It is time to get it going.

“We need more monies for the shelter. Since the economy is going so bad, there is a need for this type of store,” she said. “We will have reasonable prices with nice, not torn or damaged items.”

To make arrangements to drop off items for Finders Keepers, Doty asked people to call the shelter at 815-872-7387 on days the shop isn’t open.

Items to be accepted are aluminum cans, bedding, curtains, linens, books, music, movies, clothing (baby to adult), cookware, countertop appliances, decorative items, dishes, electronics, furniture (as space allows and must be clean and in good condition from smoke-free homes), housewares, jewelry, pots and pans, purses, shoes, small tools, sporting goods and toys.

Items not accepted due to the high cost of disposal and/or strict government restrictions include large appliances, auto parts, strollers and car seats, batteries, building materials, cleaning products, computer monitors, encyclopedia sets, exercise equipment, extinguishers, fish tanks, food and beverages, furnaces, hazardous materials, items in need of repair, make-up (used and/or open), mattresses/box springs, nothing alive (plants or animals), oil, paint, pianos and organs, Reader’sDigest Condensed Books, televisions, typewriters and waterbeds.

The Friends of Strays is the only no-kill animal shelter within 50 miles of Princeton, reported Doty.

“We are very full,” she added. “We have 59 kittens, 16 of them being bottle babies. We have 30 dogs and a lot of cats.”

“We will welcome donations,” she said. “We will give a tax receipt for donations.”

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