Thrifting for the win

Second-hand shopping is a great practice. In addition to positive environmental impacts that come with re-using and re-wearing rather than playing into fast-fashion, there are also benefits to the local economy. Plus, it’s fun. There’s something therapeutic and exciting about finding a new-to-you treasure. 

Thrift shops in the valley are open and ready for business. As the Sopris Sun pointed out, “Though it may seem counter-intuitive to shop second hand — as far as passing along germs goes — local merchants are easing such concerns and doing their darnedest to keep thrifters safe.”

Here are some local stores to check out, with masks-on, to grab a hidden gem. 

The Rebekahs (Near New Store)

The Near New Store (or as locals are known to call it, The Rebekahs) reopened their downtown Carbondale storefront in August after taking a COVID break. Shoppers can expect directional arrows, limited hours, and a size limit (two containers at a time) for donations. The community-oriented non-profit is open for business as usual.

Check out their Facebook page for more information. 

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

The ReStore, located south of Glenwood Springs, is a donation-based resale store that provides everything from home décor to building materials to the public at heavily discounted prices; all profits go toward the ongoing Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley building program. 

In addition to in-person sales, you can now shop the ReStore online, 24/7. Check out their items here

Miser’s Mercantile

After a remodel and new entrance, Miser’s Mercantile remains a popular spot for thrifted goods. Open at their Mainstreet Carbondale location since August 11, the shop has been offering their classic mix of vintage and second-hand clothes, housewares, books, and more. Keep in mind, they’ve reduced their hours from seven to five days a week, and consignment drop-offs are by appointment only.

Check out their Facebook page for more information.


This sweet Basalt shop is businesses as usual, offering a unique mix of consignment items. Vintage, housewares, high-end, menswear, art, furniture, gifts, and jewelry are among the second-hand goods sold. Masks, as usual, are required for shopping.

Check out their website for more information. 

Lulu’s Thrift Shoppe

After voluntarily closing for two months, Lulu’s Thrift and Thrive in Carbondale’s La Fontana Plaza has been open since May 4. The store is limited to 10 people inside, including employees, but is still welcoming customers to check out their selection of recycled clothing, furniture, and housewares and continue to donate 10-20% of their gross sales every month.

Check out their Facebook page for more information. 

Susie’s at Willits

For great deals on consigned items, Susie’s at Willits is a popular option. New to their opening post-COVID are complimentary masks, vitamin C drink packets, and curbside donation drop off, with advanced notice. 

Check out their Facebook page for more information. 

Defiance Thrift Store

Glenwood Springs’ Defiance is also open and slinging their popular thrift deals, with reduced hours and a no-dumping rule to reduce possible contamination. 

Check out their Facebook page for more information

See Also

Not ready to shop in-person just yet? No worries—there are several digital platforms for second-hand shopping.

Consider sites such as ThredUp, Vinted, Secondarie, Depop, Poshmark,, Worn Wear, Good and Used, The North Face Renewed, Geartrade, and The Next Closet

Facebook Marketplace and Roaring Fork Swap are also excellent options to keep transactions local. 

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