Since opening a few years ago, Mountain Equipment Recyclers
has raised more than $50,000 for area nonprofits and charities via its give-back business model: 50 percent of donated item sales and 5 percent of consigned item sales are gifted.
Now, to celebrate recently passing that milestone, the store will host a symbolic $500 giveaway, leading up to its Saturday, Aug. 16 Summer Clearance Sale
, where some items will also be discounted up to 50 percent.
Beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug., 6, MER will hide a certificate per day (a voucher to be redeemed in-store for $50 cash) somewhere in town and give clues to its whereabouts via its Facebook page
So, follow to potentially win, if your detective prowess is as honed as your outdoor skills.
Here's more info about the biz and its mission via a press release:
Mountain Equipment Recyclers has reached $50,000 in charitable giving since opening three years ago! MER is a retail store selling new and used outdoor gear. The business model is built around giving back to the community. 50% of donated item sales and 5% of consigned item sales are given back to local charities. The store opened in 2011 under the premise of giving to organizations assisting military families. Every year the store chooses new military-focused non-profit partners. Since opening, the store has given to AspenPointe, The Home Front Cares, Lifequest Transitions, Thanks Troops, Veteran’s Expeditions, Paradox Sports, Phoenix Multisport, Project Healing Waters and Project Sanctuary. It has since expanded to an ongoing partnership with local Trails and Open Space Coalition. Other organizations MER has donated to include Upadowna, Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Catamount Institute, Blue Star Recyclers, Urban Peak, Kids on Bikes, and more. Find more about non-profit giving from MER on the web site here.
Those trekking poles and this backpack were purchased at MER. Which should give us no advantage in finding a hidden $50 voucher around town. Would that they hid it under a rock in a stream ... well, that'd be a sweet hiding spot.
The idea of MER was born from a love of the outdoors, compassion for struggling service members in our community, and a desire to create a humble, friendly atmosphere not often seen in today’s profit-first driven businesses. MER sells new and used outdoor gear including camping, backpacking, cycling, kayaking, skis, snowboards, fly fishing, apparel, and more. The store opened with consignment and donation items with a modest budget. The store currently has 950+ consignors and has grown to include new gear including closeouts, dealer samples, etc. Free coffee and tea are always offered by the friendly staff. Periodic parties are held with live music, free lunch (often grilled burgers from Mike the owner), prizes and giveaways, and more. The store has developed into a true community-oriented enterprise. In 2012, the store introduced online sales through its web site.
MER has received a tremendous amount of media support since opening. Articles, stories, blogs, mentions, have been given from The Gazette, The Denver Post, KOAA-News Channel 5, The Independent, Colorado Springs Business Journal, The Cheyenne Edition, Westside Pioneer, Backpacker Magazine, Pikes Peak Sports, Out There Colorado, Upadowna, and more. ...
Most important, the store thanks all of the customers and community members, who shop, consign, donate, and promote the store. They are the reason $50,000 has been given to great non-profits!