Defiance Thrift Store relocates |

Defiance Thrift Store relocates

Nonprofit SpotlightKay Vasilakis

The original idea of a thrift store supporting Garfield County nonprofits came about in August of 1996. In May of 1997, the board of directors, composed of three members each from Family Visitors Program, LIFT-UP and a chamber organization, attempted to gain support in the community for start-up costs. The first Defiance Thrift Store opened at its previous location at 1524 Polo Road in September of 1997. Because of the passing of the Re-1 bond issue last November, the board of directors knew the present location would be absorbed by the school district, so the store began to look at relocation.Three weeks ago, the store made its first move to a brighter, more positive location at 2518 S. Glen Ave., which is three doors down from Siamese Basil in the old Valley Transmission building. The stores grand opening was Saturday.The goal of offering inexpensive clothing and household items not only helps the working poor, it is a resource of reasonable goods for all. Besides helping to provide operating expenses for the Family Visitor Program and LIFT-UP, Defiance Thrift Store also provides help for the extremely needy when warranted.Interesting items are donated to Defiance, and there are always new and different things, including new items given by area businesses. Donations are being accepted at the enlarged new store which has convenient parking and an easy donation drop-off area.When you visit our community thrift store, consider volunteering, said Chris Samuelson, the only original Defiance Thrift Store board member. This is a great way to give back to nonprofit agencies in the valley. We need help sorting and cleaning up. Its a positive, wonderful store with more room for more great stuff. The name Defiance Thrift Store was selected from several proposed names. Fort Defiance was an early (before the Ute Treaty) mining camp located on the Flat Tops.The town of Glenwood Springs was originally named Defiance. It was a platted town, with streets and blocks for houses. In 1885, when the founding fathers decided to incorporate the town, they changed the name to Glenwood Springs. Sarah Cooper, wife of Isaac Cooper, one of the town fathers, thought Defiance was a too-harsh-sounding name. The Coopers were from Glenwood, Iowa.

The 2005 Garfield County Human Services grant applications are available for Garfield County nonprofit agencies. If you would like an application, contact Linda Morcum at 945-5004. The completed applications are due back to Linda Morcum at the Garfield County Commissioners office by Tuesday, July 12.Kay Vasilakis Nonprofit Spotlight appears every other Wednesday. To contact her, call 945-8515, ext. 513, or e-mail

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