by Susan Summers

It’s August and Vail schools are back in session, but life has just gotten a lot more expensive for most families in southern Arizona. Food, clothing, household energy, dining out—these costs and more are up an average of 9% throughout the country, and that’s not even considering increases in gasoline prices. Most incomes are not rising at the same rate, which inevitably puts a strain on middle and low-income households. Thankfully, some relief is available nearby “between the tracks,” at the Vail Depot Thrift Store.

At any time of year, the thrift store can help enlarge wardrobes for a fraction of department store prices, but through mid-August it will be holding a “buy one—get one” (BOGO) event for children’s clothing in any size. Shop with your kiddos for clothes, books and more, but don’t forget to find something just for yourself. Operated by Greater Vail Community Resources, a 501(c)(3) organization. The Vail Depot Thrift Store prides itself on offering gently used clothing and home goods that are a notch above that of other thrift stores, so come by and have a look. Our stock is high and the pickings are good! Thrift store hours of operation are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, and Saturdays from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Perhaps more satisfying than getting good deals, is the knowledge that proceeds from your purchases support the work of Resources Vail Food Bank. Without these proceeds, our food bank would be unable to continue its mission of feeding our neighbors through emergency food distribution, providing weekend back packs of nutrition program for area students, and delivering meals to homebound residents in need.

Help us expand our store hours by becoming a volunteer for Vail Depot Thrift Store! It’s great working with other fun, generous souls and it’s fulfilling and a great way to give back to our fabulous Vail community. To apply, stop into the thrift store or go to: We’d love to have you join us!

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