Thrift Shop always been a community effort |

Thrift Shop always been a community effort

Dear Editor:

On behalf of the board and volunteers at The Thrift Shop of Aspen, we would like to acknowledge and thank Tom and Carolyn Moore and Cinnamon and Teran Hughes for their time and effort in hanging our new “History Wall” at the shop.

Thanks to the stunning artwork of Derek Skalko, many moments in our extraordinary 62-year history were captured and portrayed on four beautiful art panels and hung in the shop for all to see. We urge everyone in the community to stop by and admire our new permanent exhibit, to which we plan to add more panels during our next 62 years of serving the valley. The exhibit highlights not only our service to the community, but also our volunteers, especially Alberta Moore. Alberta first arrived in our valley after driving over Independence Pass on Dec. 29, 1936, and was a Thrift Shop volunteer until her passing in 2009.

The Thrift Shop would not be such an incredible resource without the tireless teamwork of the 100-plus volunteer crew who, together, have created this historical Aspen icon. We welcome more community oriented volunteers to join us; please visit our website at and find a volunteer application under the volunteer tab.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who donate goods and shop with us. It is because of you that The Thrift Shop of Aspen is able to donate to over 200 nonprofits throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. Ninety cents of every dollar goes directly back to support the many wonderful causes that makes our valley the special place that it is.

There are many consignment shops in the valley, but only one true all-volunteer Thrift Shop of Aspen, and we appreciate you thinking of us.

Diane Wallace and Patti Stranahan

co-presidents, The Thrift Shop of Aspen