Annual Artwork Sale helps Aspen Thrift Store give extra to neighborhood

Individuals take a look at the products throughout the preview occasion on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, forward of the Aspen Thrift Store’s annual artwork sale on the Pink Brick Heart for the Arts in Aspen. The principle sale takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Chances are high you may have contributed one thing through the years to the Aspen Thrift Store. Saturday is your likelihood to purchase one thing cool and maintain the virtuous circle of giving going. Sure, the annual Artwork Sale is right here, Saturday, and also you solely have a lot time, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You could have benefited from the proceeds. The 73-year-old group run completely by girls has given a whole bunch of 1000’s of {dollars} a 12 months to neighborhood service teams starting from A to Z — ACES to Youth Zone — simply from the trash-to-treasure cycle the thrift retailer fosters.

Katherine Sand of the Thrift Store explains: “We alleviate locals of their stuff, as a result of all of us have an excessive amount of of it! Promote it to individuals who want it at super-low costs — it’s about the one place you should purchase really inexpensive garments and items in Aspen, and donate the proceeds again to the neighborhood.”



The Artwork Sale, which Sand began eight years in the past, will add its bit, round $30,000, to the kitty for organizations and scholarships on the finish of the day.

What’s there ready on the Pink Brick Heart for the Arts? Possibly higher to ask what isn’t. Artwork! After all. Books, work, images, posters, sculptures, jewellery, clothes, ceramics, pots, pans, the entire clever kitchen and sink, little question.



Individuals take a look at the products throughout the preview occasion on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, forward of the Aspen Thrift Store’s annual artwork sale on the Pink Brick Heart for the Arts in Aspen. The principle sale takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Austin Colbert/The Aspen Instances

Right here’s a starting record of a number of the spotlight treasures:

  • A signed Terry Rose print for the 1987 Selections for the Future symposium held at Windstar and in addition signed by John Denver.
  • Signed Tom Benton prints.
  • People artwork items.
  • Australian and African artifacts.
  • Angelo Accardi’s official catalogue, the deluxe version.
  • Michael Graves architectural prints.
  • Steuben glass.

“I’m discovering extra as I unpack our storage,” Sand says. “It’s a complete treasure hunt and cornucopia. Additionally some unbelievable classic and extremely helpful clothes gadgets — we simply promote just a few as there may be a lot within the store, however what we’ve is particular.”

The Thrift Store (and Artwork Sale) is staffed solely with volunteers. Working individuals, retired individuals, all types of individuals, and all ages. You solely need to have a want to donate your time. Oh, and be a girl.

Sand stated the store is all the time searching for extra volunteers. Most “work” about two days a month within the store, at 422 E. Hopkins Ave., open from 10 a.m. to three p.m. Tuesday via Saturday and Tuesday evenings 4:30 to 7 p.m.

The store went via some lean occasions throughout the peak of the pandemic, Sand says, like different nonprofits and companies. They closed for lengthy stretches. They couldn’t take donations at occasions.

“Nonetheless, we’ve bounced again magnificently and the store is thronging and grants are being made to the neighborhood,” she says.

The Thrift Store’s guiding philosophy on the giving aspect is to supply as a lot as potential to as many teams as potential.

Individuals take a look at the products throughout the preview occasion on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, forward of the Aspen Thrift Store’s annual artwork sale on the Pink Brick Heart for the Arts in Aspen.
Austin Colbert/The Aspen Instances

“We imagine that our grants — to environmental, arts, human providers, training and little one care — replicate the variety of our donors, volunteers and clientele alike, and are an essential demonstration of native dedication to organizations who can use this proof to help their different fundraising,” she says.

Proceeds from the store and the Artwork Sale discover their method down the Roaring Fork Valley within the type of the grants and scholarships.

However why the sale atop a retailer open six days per week?

“It’s partly a query of house,” she says. “We simply don’t have that a lot room within the store to promote all the things, and in addition I noticed eight years in the past after I began the sale that there was a lot superb stuff, it might be enjoyable to see it multi function place at one time.”

However solely Saturday, and solely from 10 to 2.

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