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Where to get must needs on the cheap near Breckenridge

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So, you've moved to Summit County, CO and discovered it's colder than you thought and you need more sweaters. Or jackets. Or board games to play when the weather's really nasty.

Sure, there are factory outlet stores, Walmart and Target, where you may find some deals. But if you're looking for used items, there are a few places to try. Summit Thrift & Treasure has two locations at 1745 Airport Road in Breckenridge and 340 Fiedler Ave. in Dillon, and all of the profits from both stores fund the Family & Intercultural Resource Center's parenting and emergency assistance programs (see page TBA for more information on this organization).

The Dillon store is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and accepts donations from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Breckenridge store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and accepts donations during all business hours. Buy on impulse, as items go quickly, or wait and shop daily sales at both stores.

Most clothing, excluding outerwear, goes for $1 to $10 per item at the Breckenridge store, shoes are typically $4 or more, DVDs are $2.50, and children's clothing ranges from $1 to $6. Many household items are priced at $2 or less. Stop in often to snap up specialty items.

That's not the only place to find something cheap and support a good cause at the same time. Proceeds from the Horse Cents Thrift Store benefit the Swan Center Outreach, a local nonprofit that rescues and rehabilitates abandoned horses. Located at 252 Warren Ave. in Silverthorne, the store offers all kinds of items, from furniture to books to clothing and more. Hours are Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For Pets Sake benefits Animal Rescue of the Rockies. It offers clothing, small housewares, books, linens and more. Look for it at 203 N. Main St., Breckenridge. It's across from Extreme Pizza and Red Orchid Restaurant.

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If reading is your thing, The Friends of the Library sell books at each of the branch libraries. And if you're looking for used CDs, tapes or even vinyl, try Affordable Music at 104 Village Place in Dillon, behind Pug Ryan's Brewing Co. About 20 percent of the stock is used, with used CDs ranging from $1 to $9. The store also sells guitars, guitar strings and accessories.

Rags to Riches, at 202 Main St. in Frisco, offers upscale clothing — no retreads from Walmart. Clothes can't be more than three years old. A pair of pants might go for anywhere from $8 to $48. The store sells ski jackets, skirts, dresses, sweaters and some jewelry. As the weeks go by, the prices drop.

Recycle Sports, located at 695 Summit Blvd. in Frisco, sells used skis, boards, outerwear 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.

finding furniture

Alpine Accents, a consignment shop at 101 E. Main St. in Frisco, is a good bet for picking up gorgeous furniture, Western accents and other home decor. Or check out the Habitat ReStore at 131 Blue River Parkway in Silverthorne. It's a great place to pick up a new piece, or drop off something that no longer fits your décor. You can find anything from lamps and candleholders to sofas and dining sets. Give them a call and they'll come pick up your old furniture for free.

Other furniture consignment shops in Dillon are smaller, but sometimes you can find a good buy. And don't underestimate the power of an ad; the Summit Daily News' classified section has plenty of bargains.