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Bailey resale shop re-launched as a community partnership

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By Sal Christ

The Platte Canyon Community Partnership Resale Boutique in Bailey isn’t your everyday thrift store.

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For starters, it formerly was the Mountain Peace Boutique — a resale shop owned and operated by PeaceWorks Inc. for the benefit of individuals using the Mountain Peace Shelter. After PeaceWorks decided to close the boutique in April, half a dozen volunteer managers pooled their resources and talents to re-launch the shop under a new name and new ownership in July.

Also, the boutique isn’t just a retail outlet — it’s a community-oriented charity that donates some of its proceeds to local nonprofits.

According to board member Charlotte Wytias, it was important to the boutique’s founders to keep the resale shop open and funnel some money back into the local community in meaningful ways.

“I think the concept of it being a partnership makes it important,” Wytias said. “Everyone that donates is part of the partnership. In our whole philosophy of partnering, when we engage organizations that we’re donating to, we ask them to give back — either in the form of time helping at the boutique or putting together fund-raisers and using this as their venue.”

Since opening six months ago, the resale shop has been successful enough that over the Christmas weekend it gave $200 checks to the four organizations it will partner with in 2017: the Boys and Girls Club of the High Rockies, the 285 Backpack Project, the I Love U Guys Foundation, and PeaceWorks Inc. Next year, the shop will donate 75 percent of its profits for two months each to the four organizations; after that, area nonprofits will have to apply to partner with the boutique through a grant application.

In addition, the resale store also plans to support scholarships for high school students in the near future, according to director Judith Nivison.

Still ‘Bailey’s department store’

The resale shop is still “Bailey’s department store,” where any number of things can be purchased: furniture, handbags, bric-a-brac, clothing, the odd book or two. Art hangs on the mint-green walls, and coupon books from the Boys and Girls Club are available for purchase at the cash register. Tilly, the store’s canine mascot, is a frequent presence.

Entirely volunteer-run with a board of directors overseeing operations, the shop also boasts free events like live music and game night, as well as free monthly guitar lessons.

Nivison said the extras are just part of part of giving back to a community that works so hard to sustain itself.

“Most of our donors are local people, and we’re giving back to local people. Not only by providing the shop, but also by providing for local charities, which is so gratifying,” she said.

“When I got involved — back when it was still Mountain Peace Boutique — it was because I loved coming in here. Now, though, I’m feeling the effects of the fingers going out from the initial involvement.”

For now, she and the other volunteers hope to keep the shop up and running so it can sustain partnerships with other nonprofits well into the future.

More information …

What: Platte Canyon Community Partnership Resale Boutique

Where: 60615 U.S. 285 in Bailey — between the Knotty Pine and the Conoco

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sundays

Website: http://www.pccpresale-boutique.org/

Contact reporter Sal Christ at sal@evergreenco.com.