This is an incredible honor and we are so proud of our staff!!! Great Job everyone!

Congrats Vail Valley Cares Staff We did it AGAIN !!!  BOth the Eagle and the Edwards Thrifty Shop locations won the Platinum Service Award for Customer service... What an incredible accomplishment !!!!

Whats this all about you ask? well This year over 64 organizations were reviewed by the Vail Valley Partnership for their level of  EXCEPTIONAL PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE THAT CONSISTENTLY GOES ABOVE AND BEYOND IN CUSTOMER SERVICE, SALES, and staff leadership OPERATIONs... Now out of those 64 business only 6 actually recieved a Platinum level service award...

Like no Thrift shop you have ever seen

we are so excited to give again this year $20,000 in Scholarships to our partners at the Colorado mountain college



Our History  

1991 - ​Jerry Milsaps, Pastor of Lake Creek Baptist Church, began accepting donations of household items and clothing at his office and would distribute them to needy people in our community.

1992 - Benny Clark, another local pastor, and Jerry organized Vail Valley Cares and asked the congregations of the Vail Chapel for support.

1994 They went to Vail Valley Rotary to ask for a grant to open a thrift store in Edwards.  The Vail Rotary Club guaranteed their rent for a year and provided many volunteer hours to get the store up and running.  

1995 - After only a few months, the store was financially independent and was looking for ways to help people in need.  A store in Eagle was also opened.    

2000 - Greg Osteen joined Vail Valley Cares in 1998 as Executive Director.  As the stores were self sustaining, they began to make money.  They started looking at how we could benefit the community as a whole.  After researching many options, VVC began giving grants to local non profit organizations in the Vail Valley.  

2002 - The existing land in Eagle was purchased for the Thrifty Shop to be built on Chambers Ave.
Eagle Thrifty Shop opens.     
2014 - Vail Valley Cares Thrifty Shops employ 20-25 people and has given over $2.7M back to Eagle County Non Profit Organizations and scholarship recipients.

2018- We are giving grants to non profit help organizations in our wonderful community for many succesfull years now .