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 $419,000 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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Thanks To You...Over $419,000 in Grants to Animal Rescue Charities! 


Thanks to you...Second Life has donated more than $419,000 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! 


To date, we have provided more than $125,000 to organizations specifically for spay/neuter grants. At an average of $75-90 per procedure, this means you have helped around 1,500 family-owned dogs and cats take the "no mommy" and "no daddy" pledge.


Considering how easy it is for dogs and cats to reproduce, you can see what a difference you are making in keeping unwanted pets from being born: 

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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.  

Your purchases have helped with:

  • Spaying & Neutering of animals before they are adopted - to stop the cycle!
  • Offering low cost spaying & neutering to family pets
  • Vetting costs of animals brought into rescue
  • Boarding of beloved pets who are affected by domestic abuse in the home 
  • Education promoting the human-animal bond
  • Promoting pit bull awareness and education
  • Rescuing animals from high-kill shelters 
    • And more!
More than 40 animal charities have benefited from Second Life and we hope to be able to continue to help others as we grow. Learn more about the great work these groups are doing in upcoming emails.  Groups receiving grants include:

 charity logos feb2015 for 4Q2014 grants


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 Now Open Tuesdays!

We are excited to announce that both Second Life stores are now open on Tuesdays in 2015 for you to donate, shop and volunteer...and help give homeless pets a second chance at life!now open tuesdays small sign jan2015
We hope you will spread the word and help us make it a great sales day for homeless pets!  

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Pet-Themed Magnets Are Back!

magnets - pet jan2015 compressed borderThey're back! Due to popular demand, we now have a new selection of fun pet-themed magnets!   

We have a great selection and new designs to show off your love for dogs, cats, mutts, chickens, horses, bunnies, your rescues...and well, you get the idea! 

Are you a Crazy Cat Lady or Crazy Chicken Lady?  Are you Horse Crazy? We've got you covered!  

Some of our favorites include: "I Like Big Mutts (and I Cannot Lie)" and "My Therapist Has a Wet Nose."

Help spread the word about adopting and spaying/neutering with magnets like: "Don't Shop. Adopt" and "Prevent Littering. Spay/Neuter"  

Share with the world how wonderful rescued pets are with favorites like "You Can't Buy Love But You Can Rescue It" or "Rescued Dogs Rock!

We also love the silly ones that will make the car behind you smile like "My Kid Drinks From the Toilet" and "Shed Happens"

Keep your pets safe with "Save Our Pets" decals to place on your front door at home to alert emergency responders that your pets are inside.divider dadada gray1

Happy 4th Anniversary to Second Life!

It is hard to believe that we are celebrating the 4th Anniversary of opening our first store this Thursday!  On Saturday, January 8th, 2011 we opened our 4th anniversary collage - jan2015doors to certainty...but also optimism that we could fulfill our mission of giving homeless pets a second chance at life.  

When we first opened, the store was very sparse.  We only had 6 weeks to spread the word, collect donations from the public and get the store ready to open.  It still amazes us that we were able to pull this off during the holidays. Thank you to everyone who believe in us before we even opened and donated your unwanted items to make our store a reality.

Our sweet old Dalmatian, Lucky, likely kept us in business the first year.  He was about 16 years old when we opened and he would sleep on his bed by the window behind our counter.  Customers would come in to say hi to him and rub his spotted velvety ears...and shop a while here.  We are so thankful our inspiration was able to be with us our first year.  He is missed every day but his legend lives on.

Today, thanks to our wonderful donors, customers and volunteers...we have 2 stores full of quality donations. And we have a new Chief Smile Officer, Riley, roaming the store, looking for ear scratches.

To date, through 3rd Quarter 2014 sales, we have provided over $350,000 in grants to animal rescue organizations and spay/neuter programs that offer free or reduced surgeries to pets in low-income families. 

We hope 2015 will continue to see us grow and more animal lovers will learn how easy it is to help animals simply by shopping for bargains, donating their gently-used items and volunteering their time. 

Volunteers are the heart of our organization - they truly are our backbone.  The thousands of hours they volunteer each year allow us to give more cash grants and to make our mission a reality.  Without them, we wouldn't be successful or where we are today.  The stores look like they do because of them!  Please take a moment to thank all our volunteers - and our employees too - for all they do to make this a reality. divider dadada gray1

Get a Head Start on Spring Cleaning!
Donate to Help Homeless Pets!

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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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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Our Foster Gordy Has Been Returned

Gordy smiling

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.

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