Every other week for the past three months Joanie Masterson and her friend search for bargains and unique trinkets at the Barkin' Basement Thrift Shop.
Masterson described one of her purchases -- a red handled kitchen utensil with wheels.
"When I bought it no one knew what it was,” the Miller Place woman said. “My husband took it to the magnifying glass and read P&J knife sharpener."
The thrift shop on Main Street in Port Jefferson shop sells second hand items from books and clothes to kitchen wear and other household items. And all the proceeds are donated to the nonprofit animal rescue and adoption organization Save-A-Pet.
"There is value in recycling," said customer Nate Lamberg, of Port Jefferson Station. "I always like a bargain."
So far the thrift store has raised $12,000 since its opening in May.
Creators of Barkin' Basement Kim Taliercio and Dori Scofield said having a thrift shop to raise money for the animals is a perfect marriage.
"I had to look for other ways to find people to donate," said Scofield, referring to the downfall of the economy and lack of donations to Save-A-Pet.
The idea came from their personal love of going to thrift shops, said Talierco, who manages the store.
"I love to go to yard sales and thrift shops," Talierco said. "Everything deserves a second chance..."
For more information on donations that the thrift store accepts, contact Barkin’ Basement at 631-642-2275 or visit the Save-A-Pet website.
Photo: Kate Lamberg, of Port Jefferson Station, looks at items to purchase at the Barkin' Basement Thrift Shop where all the proceeds go to the nonprofit Save-A-Pet organization. (March 8, 2011)