I n order to have a steadier source of income in this shaky (to say the least) economy, and to help all of us conserve our precious resources, and provide affordable reusable goods of all kinds for the community, the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center opened Rockin' Betty's Community Thrift Store in October.

Two important aspects of RMPJC's mission are organizing campaigns to help rectify the current economic crisis and achieving sustainability by reducing our impact on our dwindling natural resources. However, just as with many nonprofits and individuals, RMPJC's income has been greatly reduced by this crisis.

Rockin' Betty's came about because we saw creating a thrift store as a way to increase and stabilize our funding and at the same time, provide affordable reusable goods for people in the Boulder Community.

Rockin' Betty's is located at 3970 Broadway, Suite 105, (between Lucky's Market and the Nomad Theater, next door to China Gourmet). RMPJC's new office location is just above the store. We offer gently used items for your everyday needs -- and a wonderful selection of gift items for your entire holiday shopping list.

We accept clean donations in good working order and already have an amazing array of clothing, toys, household items, antiques and collector's items.


We also need people to volunteer for 2- or 4-hour shifts in the store. Our hours are 10 a.m.--6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. In addition to waiting on customers, there are several other duties you can sign up for, such as sorting and arranging donations, steaming (pressing) garments, or taking excess merchandise to our storage unit.

It is a fun place to shop or work, and volunteers get a 50 percent discount on any of the donated merchandise in the store. Please come by and check us out, and call Sheri at 303-443-0252 to volunteer.

As Eric Lombardi, Executive Director of Eco-Cycle put it: "At Rockin' Betty's you can choose to re-use and help us meet the goal of zero waste in our community." Rockin' Betty looks forward to seeing you soon.

Betty Ball is the co-administrator of the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center. Learn more at rmpjc.org.