By Susan Summers

At this time last year, who would have imagined that 2020 holiday shopping would involve so many weird variables. Will the USPS and commercial delivery services be timely? How much in-person shopping do I risk right now and how much can I afford to spend? Will my online purchases be back-ordered? Here’s an idea that could simplify some of your gift-giving needs while giving you the chance to support ReSources Vail Food Bank: shop the Vail Depot Thrift Store online or in-person.

From toys to table-top treasures, the Depot has something for everyone and can be shopped virtually via its Facebook “For Sale” photo album. In addition, every Thursday between 5:30 – 6:30 pm the Depot conducts a live Facebook sale in which customers can shop the entire store. According to manager Tabitha Johnson, “We are creating a virtual connection with our shoppers unlike anything big box stores have to offer. Shopping online at Vail Depot Thrift Store offers customers the thrill of ‘thrifting’ right from the comfort and safety of their own homes.” All online purchases are paid through PayPal and pickup of purchases from the store is available Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.

The Depot also is open for in-person shopping on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Shopping appointments can be made via the Facebook page: or by calling 520-879-1260. Walk-in shoppers are allowed as well based on store capacity. (No more than four shoppers are allowed in the thrift store at any given time.) The store is sanitized throughout the day and face coverings are required of all shoppers.

To learn more about making donations to the Vail Depot Thrift Store visit the Greater Vail Community Resources web site at and click on “Thrift Store.” To shop online visit the Facebook page noted above. Especially at this time of year, ReSources thanks you for continuing to support its mission of feeding our neighbors in need. We wish you all a merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Susan Summers is a ReSources board member and Vail resident who loves golf and the beauty of the Sonoran desert. Before her retirement, she served as dean of the College of Extended Learning at California State
University, San Bernardino.

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