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The Air Force Academy thrift store is closing, marking the end of an era

Colorado Jill

(Colorado Springs, CO) Thrift stores go with military communities just like peanut butter goes with jelly - they are better together.

That said, it came as a shock last month when the Academy Spouses Club (ASC) shared on Facebook that the thrift store at the United States Air Force Academy was permanently closing effective March 31st, 2023.

The unexpected closure of the beloved store, which has served the community for over fifty years, has upset many.

Why are military thrift stores important?

Thrift shops provide a place for patrons to donate or consign unwanted items and an opportunity to purchase treasures and necessities at a discounted price. Military families move frequently and often need to downsize before a move and restock upon arrival at the next duty station.

A new apartment or house may require different furniture, storage items, or linens. If a family moves from a cold weather climate to a warm one, clothing needs will change. With regular moves, buying new items can quickly become expensive, and the thrift store is a great place to find necessities at affordable prices.

Thrift stores on military installations are also convenient places for families to donate items they no longer want or need. Donating reduces waste by keeping serviceable items out of landfills, extending the life of belongings. It is a sustainable solution for a community constantly on the go.

A military thrift shop is more than just a store, it is a community gathering place with a valuable mission.

The non-profit organization is an ideal place for new community members to meet others and connect through volunteer opportunities. The money raised at the store is used to fund scholarships and community grants that provide financial assistance to those in need.

It is a valuable community resource, and the closing of the U.S.A.F.A. thrift shop marks the end of an era. It is unknown why the command group has opted to close the store, but it is clear it will be missed.

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