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"Brand Spanking Used" Thrift StoreThe store’s location on Fort Collins’ main thoroughfare means that it is never short of customers. Racks of clothing are set up on the street just outside the store’s main entrance to grab the attention of passers-by and to entice them in.
Leather for all weatherA large amount of floor space on the main floor of the store is devoted to racks full of footwear of all kinds and sizes. Regardless of whether the customer is interested in buying dress shoes, sports shoes or anything in-between, something suitable can be found for all.
Sosban fach ac sosban fawr.Cookware is commonly donated to the store.
Past lifeOften, items that still retain aspects of the previous owner’s life or personality are donated to the store. Here, a frame is still occupied by the photograph of a child related in some way to the previous owner.
Stairway to heaven?A multitude of baseball caps in an assortment of both dark and bright colours line the stairs to the basement section of the store, where more bargains are to be found
World SeriesBaseball caps from all over the United States are displayed on the stairs. Businesses, universities and sports teams from nearby in Colorado are represented, as are similar organisations from much farther afield, like Alaska.
ArchivesBooks both new and old can be bought for bargain prices in the store. There are sections dedicated to fiction and non-fiction, which are then further divided into different genres.
VinylDespite vinyl records being pushed out of traditional music stores, they can still be found in the thrift store. Vic Damone and Al Martino are two classic singers whose old records can be unearthed.
From Wales with loveA little part of Welsh culture is identified in Colorado as a Tom Jones record is found.
DanaDana Carlson, of Loveland, Colo., shops in the thrift store regularly. “I like coming here because there are always bargains to be had!” said Dana.
Merlin conjures up a bargain“I’m not from around here, but I’m glad that I came across this place. I’ve found some really interesting things!” said Merlin, from Chicago, Ill., who was in Fort Collins to visit friends.
Fore!Bags bursting with golf clubs are huddled in a corner downstairs. Drivers, putters and all types of irons can be picked up at very low prices in Brand Spanking Used.
TraceyTracey has been working in the store for a month. “It’s a great place to work!” she said. “There are always new items and it’s good to know that the money goes to such a good cause.”
Good businessA satisfied customer leaves the store with a handful of bric-a-brac in the knowledge that her small purchase will help cancer survivors in the local community.
Located at 227 S. College Avenue, Fort Collins, Colo., the “Brand Spanking Used” Thrift Store is situated in the heart of Fort Collins’ bustling Old Town district. In addition to being a successful business, the store also aids cancer survivors through its support for the Lubick Foundation’s “Ramstrength” programme. The programme has distributed over $100,000 dollars to the local community since 2008, of which 204 patients have received an average of $436.45 each. Out of the money raised, the programme also grants Colorado State University scholarships and sponsors child cancer sufferers to attend a local camp tailored to their needs. Founded in August 2009, the store’s business relies heavily on generous donations of a variety of different goods, from electronics to pet toys, by members of the local community.
Jack ‘Pinky’ Jenkins is a student of Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Swansea University in Wales, United Kingdom. He is currently completing a summer course in New Communication Technologies at CSU.