It took two weeks for the volunteers to clean, paint, repair, and get a 450 square foot store front ready for business. Then, on Saturday, March 1, 2003, furnished only with a borrowed card table and two folding chairs, the SOTH Thrift Store opened for business. By the end of the day the store had received, and then sold, enough of those incoming donations to make president Knute Johnson and volunteer Sally Erikson believe her idea would be instrumental in making enough money to fund the long-dreamed of animal shelter a reality.
For the first few years the Thrift Store was only open weekends - the only days volunteers were available to staff it. Thanks to residents throughout the mountain communities donations were generous and when additional space became available the store expanded - as did the cadre of volunteers eventually allowing the store to be open six days a week.
Sally Erikson's idea and her persistence in getting the Thrift Store open and managing it for many years is one of the reasons why today the Thrift Store enjoys continued community and volunteer support, making it a primary source of funding for the Lebec Animal Care Center operations.
The SOTH Thrift Store is located at 3536 Mt. Pinos Way in Frazier Park and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.