Discounts for a cause in the Vail Valley |

Discounts for a cause in the Vail Valley

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado
Kristin Anderson/Vail DailyEdwards resident Colleen Carey takes a close look at snowpants Monday at one of two Vail Valley Thrifty Shoppe in Edwards, Colorado.

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado ” In a tough economy local shoppers not only get a good deal, they also get the pleasure of knowing their money will literally be pumped right back into the Vail Valley.

The Thrifty Shoppe, with a location in Eagle and Edwards, sells everything from couches and televisions to clothing and ski gear, and right now the nonprofit is slashing prices to make room for new spring items.

All of the money spent in both stores, minus a few administrative costs, is given to Vail Valley charities. Last year the stores raised more than $270,000 for 35 local nonprofit organizations.

“It’s really a great cause,” said Phil Carter, the general manager of Vail Valley Cares, the nonprofit that operates the Thrifty Shoppe stores.

Local charities are seeing an increase in demand. The Salvation Army has more and more people walking in asking for food or help paying their bills every day, said Tsu Wolin-Brown, the Salvation Army’s executive director.

It’s a time when these local charities are stretched thin and really need the extra help, she said.

As spring rolls in and people are either sick of their ski gear and clothes or just want to get something new, Carter said. The Thrifty Shoppe probably has what they’re looking for.

“We’ve got all the brand names ” Volkl, Salomon, Atomic,” Carter said. “For $35 for a pair of skis and bindings, you can’t beat that.”

The ski stuff is located toward the back of the store. There’s two full racks of ski and snowboard pants, ski and snowboard boots in good condition and available in about every size, children’s ski clothes, skis, snowboards, helmets, jackets, scarves, hats, goggles and funky one-piece suits that make great costumes for closing day.

Carter said many people who have donated items recently are really providing a lot during the slower economy ” they’re giving back to the community by donating, but they’re also providing inexpensive things that people strapped for cash can still afford.

Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or

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