Second Life Upscale Resale

Second Life has two upscale thrift stores in the Atlanta, GA area that were created with the mission of giving homeless pets a second chance at life.  

We have provided over $315,000 in cash grants to more than 40 animal charities and spay/neuter programs!  Your support really does make a difference. 

Our 5,000+ square foot main store sells gently-used clothing, housewares, electronics, home décor, books, furniture and more!  In turn, we support animal rescue charities and spay/neuter programs with much-needed cash grants.  Our newest Furniture, Decor and More store opened in November 2013 and is located next door - and features our furniture, artwork, lamps, decor, vintage and collectibles.   Park once and shop twice!  Find a treat for yourself and give homeless pets a second chance at life!  

Since opening in 2011, our goal has been to offer our customers a unique and fun thrift store shopping experience where every purchase benefits homeless dogs and cats. Our store is bright, organized and fun! All items are donated so every visit is a treasure hunt – you never know what kind of goodies you’ll find – and new items are added daily. At Second Life, you will find everything from antiques to vintage to brand new items. Get consignment store quality at thrift store prices

You’ll find our store is geared to the bargain shopper and animal lovers- with fun animal motifs painted on the back wall, rescue and shelter information posted throughout the store – and our Chief Smile Officer, Riley, roaming the store and looking for a good ear scratch. We host pet adoptions on a monthly basis so animal rescue groups can find homes for their adorable dogs and cats.

Donations of gently-used items are needed year-round and can be donated during open store hours. No appointment is necessary. We are a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax deductible.


 Well behaved pets on a leash who are up-to-date on vaccinations and
are preferably, spayed or neutered, are welcome.  Their humans must be on a leash.

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Open on Tuesdays for the Holidays - 
Starting November 11!

 It's hard to believe the holiday shopping season is almost here...but it is!  Second Life will be giving you extra shopping days in November and December when weopen tuesdays  holiday closings 2014 sign open on select Tuesdays during the two months.  

Make sure to mark your calendar to see our great finds on these bonus days.  

Note:  Second Life will be closed extra days around the Christmas and New Year's holidays to give our volunteers and employees time to be with their families.          

Thanksgiving Holiday Closings
The Day Before Thanksgiving (Wed., Nov. 26) - Closing at 4pm / Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 27) - Closed

Christmas Closings
Tues. Dec. 23 / Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) / Christmas Day (Dec. 25)

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Meet our Foster Kittens!

Our Foster Kittens!  Meet our foster kittend Gurley and Gattis! They are adorable fluff-balls and will be ready to go to their forever homes in early November. You can meet them in our Main Store for some kitten therapy! 

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Samson and Samuel are currently being treated for Upper Respiratory Infections and are staying at DeKalb County Animal Services until they are all better. They have been our foster kittens in our Furniture, Decor and More store since early September and are still looking for their forever homes.  


Pre-Adopted!  Little Sara and Gable both have approved applications!  Once they are big enough to be spayed & neutered, they will be going to their forever homes. 


To adopt, you can pick-up an application at Second Life or DeKalb County Animal Services.  

If you are interested in adopting, you can get approved by an adoption coordinator at the shelter. The adoption is $75, which is a great deal and includes:

  • the spay/neuter surgery
  • a microchip
  • vaccinations up to their appropriate age 
  • a combo FELV/FIV test  

DeKalb County Animal Services / 845 Camp Rd, Decatur GA, 30032 / Located about 2 miles away

Phone: (404) 294-2996 / Website:


 / Monday - Wednesday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm / Thursday:  10:00 am - 7:00 pm  

Friday:  10:00 am - 5:00 pm  / Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm / Sunday:  11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Closed on legal holidays  


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Volunteers Needed!  
We are short-handed - literally!

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If you have ever thought about volunteering, your help is especially needed during the next 2 months.  Both Tanya, our co-founder, and Sharon, our volunteer coordinator, have had recent surgeries and aren't at 100% quite yet.  We are short a few hands (and a couple of feet too). 

We can really use a few extra hands on deck to help with the busy holiday months. We are flexible with your schedule and there is no minimum number of hours per week required.  No training is necessary - just a willingness to help. Even an hour to hang clothes on the racks would be helpful. 

Ask for Sharon in the store or call 678-974-5681 for more info. For more information about our volunteer needs, visit the Volunteer page on our website.  Thanks!

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Order your Second Life T-shirts!

life is great shirts available sept2014The shipment of our t-shirts has arrived! 

They are now available to purchase in our store or through PayPal by completing the attached form.  

There a limited quantities in each size and color so get yours before it's too late. T-shirts are $15 for one or $25 for two (plus tax). It's only $6 to ship 1 or 2 shirts!  See the form for shipping or in-store pickup options.  

Click here to print out the T-Shirt Order Form.

For information about t-shirt measurements, visit our Facebook Album

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Donate Holiday Lights 

Working and Non-Working Lights! 

Holiday decorating season is almost here!  Donate all your holiday lights to christmas lights - oct2014 us...whether they work or not.  
We love the beauty of all the holiday decorations, including the magic of the lights.  
But as it goes every season...some of the lights that worked perfectly last year no longer shine bright.  
Don't toss them - donate them to Second Life for our metal recycling program!  We can turn your burned out bulbs into funds to give homeless pets a second chance at life. 
If they are in working we condition...we sell them in our stores. If they are not working, we recycle them!  Just mark "for recycling" on the bag/box when you donate so we don't spend time testing them.   Thanks!

For a list of other items we collect, visit our Donations page

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Adopt Me!  From Egypt to Atlanta 
Looking for a Second Chance at Love!

Check out our Facebook album (you don't need to join Facebook to view)

Second Life is not a rescue organization.  We prefer to help the many rescue organizations and animal charities with cash grants to help them meet their mission. However, one of the founders of Second Life is originally from Egypt and visits her family when she can.  

She is a big supporter of the Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals (ESMA) shelter in Cairo, Egypt.  This shelter is privately-run and has over 1,100+ dogs and cats in their care - with most of the adoptions and support coming from abroad.  Their staff and volunteers give so much of their time, love and life to caring for these animals in a country that does not value animals or pets.  

We help out by bringing dogs back to the US who have little chance of getting adopted in Egypt.  We believe rescue knows no boundaries and we will help an animal in need - no matter where it was born.   Meet our other special needs dogs here, including 2-legged Mazi, 3 1/2 legged Angel and Gordy who were given a second chance! 

ramses - jun2014 collageRamses:  These two dogs came from Egypt in March 2014 and are still looking for their second chance at love.  

Ramses is a 4-year old beauty.  He was originally rescued from the desert near Cairo by an American man who, when he left Egypt, decided it wasn't worth paying to bring him along because he was "just a rescue."  He wasn't doing well at the shelter so their founder asked us to bring him back and give him a chance at love. 

He finally made it to the US...where he deserves a family who looks at him as a member of their family.  When we met him at the shelter, he was in one of their kennels and wouldn't come out because he was depressed. Now look at him.

Ramses is just a happy dog who loves to play with all dogs.  He ramses - june2014 on Tobys lapwould do great in home with another dog that loves to play or an active person who loves to run.

If you or someone you know is looking for a dog with a unique story and great personality, Ramses may be for you!  

Ramses is available for adoption through Royal Potcake Rescue.  We thank them for taking these "Tutcakes" into their program to give them a second chance at life. Or, for more information about Ramses, send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and his foster parents can give you information.

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ADOPTED!  Auggie (FKA Agram)

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Auggie has been adopted!  We are so excited for our sweet boy to finally have his forever home!  He will be top dog and will be spoiled every day by his new mom and dad.    

Thank you to ESMA for giving him love and caring for him. They do amazing work for their 1,100+ dogs and cats in a country that doesn't value animals and given their limited resources. 

And thank you to Royal Potcake Rescue who took them into their rescue and are helping us find their forever homes. 

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Thanks to Our Supporters...
Over $315,000 in Grants Provided to Animal Charities

Thanks to you...Second Life has donated more than $315,000 - in grants to animal charities since our doors opened in January 2011!  We are so excited that our supporters have helped us give so many homeless pets a second chance at life!     
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A new focus starting in 2013 was sponsoring spay/neuter surgeries for
low-income families so we can keep unwanted pets from ending up in shelters.   


One of our main focuses is sponsoring spay/neuter surgeries for low-income families so we can keep unwanted pets from being born and ending up in shelters.


To date, we have provided more than $90,000 to organizations specifically for spay/neuter grants. At an average of $75-90 per procedure, this means you have helped between 1,000 - 1,200 family-owned dogs and cats take the "no mommy" and "no daddy" pledge.


We couldn't do it without our supporters - our customers, our volunteers and our donors. Every person plays such an important role in our success in being able to help animal rescue organizations give homeless pets a second chance at life.   


When you shop at our store, not only do you find unique bargains, but you are giving homeless pets a chance to find love.  


More than 40 animal charities have benefited from Second Life and we hope to be able to continue to help others as we grow. 


Look how many unwanted pets you helped save from being born: 


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