Edwards Thrifty Shop hosts ‘Dress Swap & Sale’ Sunday

Many of the dresses at the Vail Valley Cares Thrifty Shops Dress Swap & Sale are brand new or never worn.
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What: “Dress Swap & Sale.”

Where: Edwards Thrifty Shop

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Cost: All dresses are priced at $20 for this one-day sale, and proceeds benefit the Vail Valley Cares Thrifty Shops grant program.

More information: Visit or visit the Thrifty Stores in Edwards across Highway 6 from Starbucks, or in Eagle on Chambers Ave. one mile east of the post office.

EDWARDS — On Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Vail Valley Cares Thrifty Shop in Edwards hosts a one-day dress sale. The event, called the Dress Swap & Sale, gives local high school students preparing for homecoming dance season the opportunity to swap a dress from their closets for a “new” one, or to choose from a large selection of brand new and gently used dresses for purchase.

Organized by the staff of Vail Valley Cares Thrifty Shops, dresses are collected throughout the season in anticipation of Dress Swap & Sale events. Oftentimes, the Thrifty Shops receive donations of never-worn garments from retail and consignment shops, in addition to once-worn pieces that still look brand new. All dresses are priced at $20 for this one-day sale, and proceeds benefit the Vail Valley Cares Thrifty Shops grant program. Dresses also can be “swapped,” where a dress will be donated in exchange for a “new” dress from the Edwards Thrifty Shop on the day of the sale.

The Dress Swap & Sale was created to help locals save time and money on dress purchases and traveling to shop, while also encouraging charitable ecology through the reuse of existing garments versus buying new.

“We started hosting this event one year ago and continue to bring it back as the need arises,” said Jennie Beaudine, Vail Valley Cares executive assistant. “This is our fourth Dress Swap & Sale and we have a 90 percent success rate, meaning nearly all of our shoppers searching for the perfect dress have found it at one of our sales.”

This is a valley-wide event and the inventory will be extensive, including a variety of sizes and styles of dresses. The Edwards Thrifty Shop currently has about 80 dresses in stock, ready for the sale.

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The Dress Swap & Sale takes place at the Edwards Thrifty Shop across from The Riverwalk of Edwards. The store is usually closed on Sundays so dress shoppers will be the only customers during this special sale.

For information or to view photos of many of the dresses that will be available for the sale, follow the Thrifty Shops on Facebook at “Vail Valley Cares Thrifty Shops.”

Vail Valley Cares, the parent organization of the Thrifty Shops, is a local ecumenical Christian nonprofit help organization formed in 1994 by local churches to assist people in the Eagle River Valley community. Thanks to generous donors and shoppers, Vail Valley Cares has awarded $2.7 million in grants to local nonprofit help organizations during the past 14 years. VVC and the Thrifty Shops practice charitable ecology: improving the environment while helping others in need. Recognitions in 2010 include the Vail Daily Best Charity award and the Vail Valley Partnership Citizen of the Year award. For information, visit or visit the Thrifty Stores in Edwards across U.S. Highway 6 from Starbucks or in Eagle on Chambers Avenue, 1 mile east of the post office.

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