Art Sale helps Thrift Shop offer more

Art Sale helps Thrift Shop offer more

People look at products during a preview event Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, ahead of the Aspen Thrift Shop’s annual art sale at the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen. The main sale takes place on Saturday from 10am. until 2 p.m. (Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times)
Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times

Chances are you’ve contributed something over the years to the Aspen Thrift Shop. Today is your chance to buy something cool and keep the virtuous cycle of giving going. Yes, the annual Art Sale is here, today, and you have so much time, from 10am to 2pm

You may have benefited from the proceeds. The 73-year-old, all-women organization has given hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to community service groups ranging from A to Z — ACES to Youth Zone — right from the trash-to-treasure cycle that the thrift store supports.

Katherine Sand of the Thrift Shop explains: “We relieve the locals of their stuff, because we all have too much of it! Sell ​​it to people who need it at super low prices — it’s the only place you can buy real affordable clothing and goods in Aspen and donate the proceeds back to the community.”



The Art Sale, which Sand started eight years ago, will add its share, about $30,000, to the kitty for organizations and scholarships at the end of the day.

What awaits at Red Brick Center for the Arts? Maybe I should ask what it isn’t. Art! Of course. Books, paintings, photographs, posters, sculptures, jewelry, clothing, ceramics, pots, pans, all the art kitchen and sink, no doubt.



People look at products during a preview event Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, ahead of the Aspen Thrift Shop’s annual art sale at the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen. The main sale takes place on Saturday from 10am. until 2 p.m. (Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times)
Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times

Here is an initial list of some of the more important treasures:

  • A signed Terry Rose print for the 1987 Choices for the Future symposium held at Windstar and also signed by John Denver.
  • Tom Benton Signed Prints.
  • Works of folk art.
  • Australian and African artefacts.
  • The official catalog of Angelo Accardi, the deluxe edition.
  • Michael Graves Architectural Prints.
  • Steuben glass.

“I find more as I unpack our warehouse,” says Sand. “It’s an absolute treasure and horn hunt. Also some incredible vintage and extremely valuable clothing — we sell few as there is so much in the store, but what we have is special.”

The Thrift Shop (and Art Sale) is staffed only by volunteers. Workers, retirees, all kinds of people and all ages. You only have one wish to donate your time. Oh, and being a woman.

Sand said the store is always looking for more volunteers. Most “work” about two days a month at the store, at 422 E. Hopkins Ave., open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and Tuesday evenings 4:30 to 7 p.m.

The store went through some lean times during the height of the pandemic, Sand says, as did other nonprofits and businesses. They were closed for large areas. They could not receive donations at times.

“However, we have made a wonderful recovery and the shop is full and grants are being given to the community,” he says.

Thrift Shop’s guiding philosophy is to provide as much as possible to as many groups as possible.

People look at products during a preview event Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, ahead of the Aspen Thrift Shop’s annual art sale at the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen. The main sale takes place on Saturday from 10am. until 2 p.m. (Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times)
Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times

“We believe our grants — for the environment, arts, human services, education and child care — reflect the diversity of our donors, volunteers and clients and are an important demonstration of local commitment to organizations that can to use that data to support other fundraising,” he says.

Proceeds from the store and Art Sale find their way into the Roaring Fork Valley in the form of grants and scholarships.

But why sell in a store open six days a week?

“It’s partly a matter of space,” he says. “We just don’t have that much room in the store to sell everything, and I also realized eight years ago when I started selling that there was so much amazing stuff, it would be fun to see it all in one place. year.”

But only today, and only from 10 to 2.

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