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Designers transform Hamptons Thrift Shop for showhouse
Apr 8, 2011

To celebrate its grand re-opening of Animal Rescue Fund of The Hamptons (ARF) Thrift and Treasure Shop in Sagaponack, top designers will create a designer showhouse featuring nine rooms styled by some of New York’s most illustrious interior decorators.
The line up includes: Geoffrey Bradfield, Thomas Britt, Alex Papachristidis, Marshall Watson, Mark Fichandler, Peter Hallock, Thomas Samet, Priscilla Ulmann, Sandra McConnell and Sharon Zambrelli. 
All the designers are animal lovers who are donating their time and expertise to help the ARF cats and dogs, who are less fortunate than their own beloved pets.  Each room will feature Thrift Shop items and pieces donated from the designers’ own collections.  Unlike traditional showhouses, every item in the ARF designer showhouse will be for sale. 
Opening May 28, the event will kick-off Memorial Day weekend with a preview cocktail party Chaired by designer Sandra McConnell along with Honorary Chairs Joanne Breyer and Kathy Rayner.  All proceeds will benefit ARF and the organization’s dedicated work to find loving homes for animals in need.
Over the past year a significant expansion and renovation was completed at the ARF Thrift Shop. The new shop is a priority of the organization’s long term strategic planning as almost 20% of ARF’s annual operating budget comes from funds raised by the Thrift Shop. The renovation was built by John Hummel & Associates, Architect Rob Smith of Hollenbeck & Smith, and Landscaper Charlie Marder of Marders. With the new expansion, ARF will be able to accept more donations and continue to successfully fund the organization’s animal Adoption Center.
“The funds raised by the Thrift & Treasure Shop are vital to ARF and its mission to provide for the health and welfare of dogs and cats on the East End of Long Island.  We are so appreciative of the hard work that went into the renovation, and the amazing creativity of the designers that will help bring the shop to life,” said Sara Davison, Executive Director of ARF.
“The idea that there are endless new opportunities for things which once seemed old is an important theme for this evening. The Thrift Shop renovation has created an amazing space and we’re hoping our designs help showcase how thrift store pieces can be used creatively in any home,” said McConnell.
The evening will also include a silent auction featuring exclusive design and animal-themed items and packages. Joining the celebration will be a selection of ARF dogs and cats that will be available for adoption and looking to find a loving new home. 
Doors open for the exclusive Preview Hour ticket holders at 5:00 PM. General Admission opens at 6:00 PM. Following the preview party, the Thrift Shop will charge a $10.00 entry fee to the general public (children free) on Sunday, May 29th and Monday, May 30th. All purchases will stay in place until Tuesday, May 31st at which point they will be available for pick up. 

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