The little knickknacks tucked away in a certain corner of the Merced Antique Mall will do more than just look good on someone's shelf.
They will help animals get spayed and neutered at a low cost.
Mary Jo Campodonica and Alberta Miolano, members of Trails of Happy Tails, have set up shop in the antique mall to raise funds for their nonprofit.
Campodonica said Trails is trying to raise enough money to help people get their animals spayed and neutered, and, in a roundabout way, save an animal's life.
"Dogs end up at our shelters because someone didn't spay or neuter their animal," Campodonica said.
Beginning today, the group is taking donations for their area of the antique mall and will be selling those donations to the public.
"We will look at everything -- it doesn't have to be antique or vintage," Campodonica said.
On Thursday, the little vendor spot for Trails showcased ceramic chickens for sale, alongside chairs and tables and even a sad-eyed ceramic basset hound.
"We have all types of things for sale," Campodonica said.
Miolano said Trails recently got a grant to help spay big dogs, but the organization needs funds to help out smaller dogs and cats.
"The money we get goes so quickly," Miolano said. "We are seeing people who lost their jobs but still have their pets, and we want to try and help them."
Rose Ann Bressler is the owner of the Merced Antique Mall, which has been open in Merced for about eight-and-a-half years.
"Mary Jo came to me because she wanted to help her organization," Bressler said. "We're glad to have Trails of Happy Tails here."
Reporter Carol Reiter can be reached at (209) 385-2486 or firstname.lastname@example.org.