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April 14, 2014, 05:00 AM By Scott Delucchi

Two men dressed in dark suits and sunglasses walked stiffly into our Pick of the Litter secondhand shop on Chula Vista Avenue in Burlingame. “We want to buy all your luggage,” they said. Turns out the duo, a cross between the Blues Brothers and the two leads in Men In Black, were federal agents shopping for their agency’s dogs who are trained to sniff out contraband in passengers’ luggage. We were more than happy to make the sale and make SFO a safer destination. A quick Google search for “uses for used luggage” will turn up dozens of images and clever upcycles, the new term for recycling while creating a better use. There are several examples of hard sided-suitcases used for the main, top part of a nightstand. Our favorite, of course, is using a hard-sided case for a pet’s bed. Using one half of the suitcase, lined with a pillow or a few blankets, makes a cozy bed for a cat or small dog, and a swanky statement in your home. We have two powder blue suitcases at our Pick of the Litter right now, a few black ones and a reddish-colored one. Or, how about an old wooden chair turned into an elevated feeding station for your larger dog? Two chairs side by side, each with a circular hole cut in the seat to recess your dog’s food and water bowls. I saw that one on Pinterest. Because there are so many clever ways to reuse and upcycle (and because we have many pre-owned finds in our shop and every sale benefits homeless animals), Pick of the Litter is holding a contest. Show us before and after photos and describe how you reused or upcycled something in our shop and we’ll give you fun bucks to spend at the Pick. Check out the Pick of the Litter’s Facebook page by the end of the week for details.

Scott oversees PHS/SPCA’s Adoption, Behavior and Training, Education, Outreach, Field Services, Cruelty Investigation, Volunteer and Media/PR program areas and staff from the new Tom and Annette Lantos Center for Compassion.



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