Support The Thrift Shop
September 25, 2007
The Aspen Thrift Shop’s fundraising campaign just picked up momentum, and this week is a great time to support this unique and generous local enterprise.Alpine Bank-Aspen recently created a special account and put up a $50,000 matching grant to encourage others to support The Thrift Shop campaign. This means that if others donate $50,000, then the bank will double it.That’s a lot of bang for the charitable buck – especially when you consider that it’s all going to support the Thrift Shop, which sells second-hand goods and uses the proceeds to support a broad array of local nonprofits. As we recently reported in the Aspen Times Weekly, the Thrift Shop has donated roughly $2 million since 2000 to organizations that promote the arts, support youth activities, enhance the environment and help educate people. All of this by simply reselling used clothes, toys, furniture and other items.So why is the store trying to raise $1.5 million now?Next spring the store is scheduled for demolition, along with the firehouse next door. Then, a new and larger Thrift Shop and a new home for the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department will rise on the same spot. The capital campaign is to help fund the expansion of the Shop with another floor of display space.So far, The Thrift Shop’s capital campaign has yielded between $800,000 and $900,000, according to store volunteer Sherri Draper, and this generous Alpine Bank grant should be a healthy shot in the arm toward the final target.From 3-5:30 p.m. Friday, Alpine Bank will host a party to kick off this next round of fundraising, and we urge all community members to get involved – either by attending the party or writing a check, or both. The so-called matching period will run through November, so all donations collected between now and then will count toward the $50,000 matching amount.Every dollar donated to this Thrift Shop campaign will arguably pay much larger community dividends – first by simply supporting an institution that exists to help local charities, and second by helping the shop to expand. With more space and more inventory, the shop should be able to sell more goods, which again means more money to local nonprofits.This is a solid community investment.