Second Life Upscale Resale

Please Note our Holiday Closings:  We will be closed for the Christmas and New Year Holidays to give our employees and volunteers extra time with their families. 

Closed:  Monday, Dec. 22 - Thursday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day)

Closed:  Monday, Dec. 29 - Thursday, Jan. 1 (New Years Day)

Open:  Friday, Dec. 26 - Sunday, Dec. 28 and again on Friday, Jan. 2 for regular store hours. 

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 $350,000 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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Christmas and New Year Holiday Closings

To give our employees extra time with their families, we are closing extra days around the Christmas and New Years Holidays. 

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

New Year's Holiday Closings
Tues. Dec. 30 / New Year’s Eve (Dec.  31) / New Year’s Day (Jan 1)

Stores Open Regular Hours
Fri. Dec. 26 - Sun. Dec. 28 and again Fri. January 2

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Open Tuesdays Starting January 6, 2015!

We are excited to announce that we will be open on Tuesdays in 2015.  Starting January 6th, both Second Life stores will be open 6 days a week for you to donate, shop and volunteer...and help give homeless pets a second chance at life!   
We hope you will spread the word and help us make it a great sales day for homeless pets!
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Donate Shopping Bags and Paper!  

Don't forget!  We love these shopping bags, so please don't toss yours or recycle them...donate them to our stores. Many department and mall stores offer these bags during this time of year and any size is great! From small to large, they are perfect for our customers!

Plastic grocery bags, paper bags and these shopping bags are accepted year-round! When you donate bags, you help us keep our costs down...and help the environment at the same time. Just bring them in the next time you shop. 

We can also take unwanted wrapping paper to use for wrapping up breakables.  Help us keep as much as possible out of the landfills!

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Last Day To Donate This Year:
Sunday, December 28th

Don't forget to donate by Sunday, December 28 to get your year-end tax deductions - as we will be closed next week from Monday thru Thursday.  
This is a great time to clean out your closets and donate to help us give homeless pets a second chance at life! Items are sold in our stores and proceeds provide cash grants to rescue groups and spay/neuter programs! 
Donations are accepted year-round during our open hours.  No appointment is necessary!  We accept everything from antique to vintage to gently-used to brand new! As long as it's not torn, stained or broken...bring it to us!  
For more information about how to donate and what we accept, visit our Donations page on our website!   
Store Donations:
Donations are accepted during our open store hours and are tax-deductible. We are especially in need of: 
  • Plus Size Women's Clothing
  • Jewelry - costume and designer
  • Vintage Items - clothing, jewelry, collectibles
  • Artwork & picture frames
  • Arts & Crafts (old patterns)
  • DVDs
  • LPs/Record Albums
  • Men's Clothing & Shoes
  • Infant/Toddler Clothing (Up to 4T) & Shoes
  • Pet items (crates, beds)
In addition to items like these that we sell in or stores...we are strong believers in keeping as much out of the landfills as possible - we owe it to future generations.  The following items are used in our store for customer purchases: 

altPlastic Bags and Paper Shopping Bags: We use these for customer purchases (from Target, Trader Joes, etc.)

Packing Paper: We are always in need of packing paper and bubble wrap (not newspapers) for customer purchases

Metal Recycling: We get cash for recycling wire hangers, old pots and pans, brass and more 

Old Blankets, Sheets and Towels: Donated to animal shelters to care for the animals

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Happy Holidays...from our family to yours!

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Santa Photos Were So Much Fun!

Thank you to everyone who came out and made it a successful fundraiser!  For a larger view of the Santa photos, click here

Thank you to everyone who brought their dogs and cats for our Santa Paws photos to support Bullseye Rescue.  Their adorable dogs thank you!

We had a great turnout and it was so much fun! You should have received your photos by now.  If you haven't, please send an email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and let us know.  


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Donate Holiday String Lights 
Working and Non-Working Lights! 

As you start putting holiday lights away, donate any unworking or working ones you no longer want. alt

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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Order your Second Life T-shirts!

Great Holiday Gifts!

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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Remembering Lucky

This week we remember Lucky, our inspiration for Second Life and our first Chief Smile Officer. Three years ago, on Decmember 22, he became a spotted angel. 

He was deemed "unadoptable" and was days away from not making it out of the shelter when we agreed to foster him.  For 11 years he was our baby and he is the one who got us involved in volunteering for animal rescue. He truly did change our lives. He is missed every day, but his legacy lives on in all we do to help homeless pets.

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Our Foster Gordy Has Been Returned

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Our Egyptian foster, Gordy, is back with us after being in his "forever" home for 9 months. His mom has decided she can no longer give him the attention he needs as she figures out changes in her life. We feel so sad for him as he has already had so much abandonment in his life. 

We are not sure what the next steps are - it took us 16 months to place him as he is an anxious boy. He needs a home where someone is home a lot - which is not ours - and can be patient with him in a new environment. He is such a big teddy bear with a lot of character. Look at his smile!

We hope that can figure out our next steps and that Ramses' adoption works out as we don't think they will get along with each other. One day at a time is all we can do. Perhaps his forever home really is out there somewhere.

For more information, send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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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:  He came from Egypt in March 2014 and is still looking for his 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.