As they say, one man's trash is another man's treasure. But for Michele Morgan-Devore, one person's old dinosaurs can become somebody else's new roses.
Morgan-Devore recently opened Dinosaurs and Roses, a resale shop with a twist in Las Vegas. Instead of raising funds for a specific organization, her nonprofit shop can assist anyone in the Las Vegas area with a need.
With the economy "devastated by the recession," Morgan-Devore wanted to help those with a need, whether it be battling some form of cancer, suffering from a personal tragedy or lack of funds to support an extracurricular program at an area school.
"People have lost their jobs and come on hard times," she said. "I want to help the community the best way I can."
Morgan-Devore has owned and operated an advertising and event planning business, but felt she needed to do something that helps others.
"I just wanted to reach out to the community and be more community involved. I love it here and I like that it doesn't support just one need. It's also good for the planet, reusing and recycling things," she said of the reasons behind opening a resale shop.
Located at the corner of Charleston Boulevard and Jones Street in a large building that once Toshiba and Skipco's business solution center, the two-story shop has thousands of items.
Wanting to make shopping there a pleasant experience, Morgan-Devore has created vignettes throughout the shop, sorting the items into boutiques dedicated to women's wear, men's wear, children's clothing and accessories, household goods, electronics, recreational activities and more. There's even an area with shelves filled with books that resembles a library.
But that's not what sets Dinosaurs and Roses apart from other resale shops. Another unique aspect of the operation is that the former offices on the second-level have been turned into art galleries. Currently, there are eight mini art galleries upstairs along with a Judaica shop that augments the holiday and Christmas shop on the lower level. Morgan-Devore said she decided to mix the two because she felt having the art galleries might attract people who typically don't shop resale. Maybe they'll come in to purchase a piece of art and find something else, she said.
Prices on art range from $10 to about $2,000, and a portion of the sales from each piece goes into the charity fund.
Not only is the art available for sale, the galleries provide a space for the artists to work on their art.
"I wanted to provide a place for the art world," Morgan-Devore said, noting that having a dedicated place to work and display their work can be cost prohibitive for artists. "What better way to support the arts and support charity," she added. "And the art is fantastic."
Eventually, Morgan-Devore would like to establish a regular event on the second Sunday of each month that would offer showcase artists and their work while providing families a place to go complete with activities for children, such as face painting and clowns.
"The structure in Las Vegas has a lot of people working nights. They don't get a chance to spend quality family time. They can participate in this event, enjoy the art and activities, and take away what they need without spending a lot of money."
In the meantime, Morgan-Devore said she hopes to work with other nonprofits and school groups to arrange special fundraisers at the shop.
Dinosaurs and Roses accepts donations of new and gently used items. According to Morgan-Devore, the shop only sells items that are in good condition. Nothing is broken, stained, torn or missing pieces.
Donations can be brought to the store itself or arrangements can be made to pick them up, especially if the items are large or plentiful.
On occasion the shop will receive something so unique or special that instead of just putting it on the sales floor, tickets are sold for a special drawing, with proceeds going to a particular group, charity or person in need. Such was the case recently when someone donated a motorized scooter.
Dinosaurs and Roses is located at 6029 W. Charleston Blvd. For more information, visit dinosaursandroses.org.