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So, youve moved to Summit County and discovered its colder than you thought, and you need more sweaters. Or jackets. Or board games to play when the weathers really nasty. Or a table to play the games on.Sure, there are factory outlet stores, Wal-Mart and Target, where you may find some deals. But if youre looking for used items, there are a few places to try.Summit Thrift & Treasure, at 340 Fiedler Ave., in Dillon, sells half of its inventory at $1.99 or less. Plus, each day it has a different sale. For example, on Sundays senior citizens get a 50 percent discount on everything, and on Fridays childrens clothes, games and toys are half off. And items go quickly.People tell me all the time that they go home and think about it, and the next day, its gone, said store manager Megan Norton.All of the proceeds help fund the Family and Intercultural Resource Centers programs. The nonprofit helps families, immigrants and refugees in Summit County.A special name-brand rack at the thrift store might offer a Liz Claiborne sweater or Gap khaki pants for $3.99 each. Movies, music and most games are $1.99, and books are even less.Speaking of books, The Friends of the Library book shop, located in the Silverthorne Outlet Stores near Oshkosh, sells new and gently used books at bargain prices. Its open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.And if youre looking for used CDs, tapes or even vinyl, try Affordable Music at 104 Village Place in Dillon. About 20 percent of the stock is used; used CDs are $1 to $9.Another thrift store in Dillon, Rainbows End at 119 LaBonte, offers everything from old-time roller skates to kitchen items and clothing. Its open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Sunday, when it closes at 3 p.m. Rags to Riches, on 202 Main St. in Frisco, offers upscale clothing no retreads from Wal-Mart. A pair of pants might go for anywhere from $48 to $8. The store sells ski jackets, skirts, dresses, sweaters and some jewelry. As weeks go on, the prices drop. Next door, Little Rags sells used clothes for infants to teens.Theyre pretty picky about what they take, said employee Evelyn Keller. Its gently used, nicer clothes.Recycle Sports in Frisco (between Safeway and Wal-Mart) sells used skis, boards, outwear and other mountain gear. You can either gamble and wait for the weeks to pass for the price to decrease, or you can buy the good stuff as soon as you see it.Used furniture is a little hard to come by. Frisco Traders sells some a dresser can range from $100 to $325, and Alpine Accents wich opened in October at 11 Main St. in Frisco sells upscale furniture on consignment. The store looks more like a home environment rather than a warehouse and aims to appeal to second homeowners as well as locals.And dont underestimate the power of an ad; the Summit Daily News swap section sells all kinds of things for less than $200.


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