Annual Art Sale helps Aspen Thrift Shop do more for the community

People view merchandise at the preview Friday, August 5, 2022, ahead of the annual Aspen Thrift Shop art sale at the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen. The main sale is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Chances are you’ve contributed something over the years to Aspen Thrift Shop. Saturday is your chance to buy something cool and keep the virtuous cycle of giving going. Yes, the annual art sale is here on Saturday, and you only have a short time, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You may have enjoyed the benefits. The 73-year-old, all-women-run organization has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to community service groups ranging from A to Z – ACES to Youth Zone – just from the cycle of trash can to treasure that store d deals promotes.

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



The art sale, which Sand started eight years ago, will add its share, about $30,000, to the prize pool for organizations and scholarships at the end of the day.

What awaits you at the Red Brick Center for the Arts? Maybe it’s better to ask what isn’t. Art! Sure. Books, paintings, photographs, posters, sculptures, jewelry, clothing, ceramics, pots, pans, all the clever kitchen and sink, no doubt.



People view merchandise at the preview Friday, August 5, 2022, ahead of the annual Aspen Thrift Shop art sale at the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen. The main sale is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times

Here is a starting list of some of the highlight treasures:

  • A print signed Terry Rose for the 1987 Choices for the Future symposium held at Windstar and also signed by John Denver.
  • Prints signed Tom Benton.
  • Folk art pieces.
  • Australian and African artifacts.
  • Official catalog of Angelo Accardi, the luxury edition.
  • Architectural prints by Michael Graves.
  • Steuben glass.

“I find more as I unpack our storage,” says Sand. “It’s a real treasure hunt and a cornucopia. Also amazing, great value vintage clothing – we only sell a few as there are so many in the shop, but what we have is special.

The Thrift Shop (and Art Sale) is staffed entirely by volunteers. Working people, retirees, all kinds of people and all ages. All you need is the desire to give your time. Oh, and be a woman.

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

The store went through lean times during the height of the pandemic, Sand says, like other nonprofits and businesses. They closed for long periods. Sometimes they couldn’t accept donations.

“However, we have bounced back beautifully and the store is packed and grants are being given to the community,” she says.

The guiding philosophy of The Thrift Shop on the donation side is to provide as much as possible to as many groups as possible.

People view merchandise at the preview Friday, August 5, 2022, ahead of the annual Aspen Thrift Shop art sale at the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen.
Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times

“We believe that our grants – in the environment, arts, social services, education and child care – reflect the diversity of our donors, volunteers and clientele, and are an important demonstration of the local engagement with organizations that can use this evidence to support their other fundraisers,” she says.

Proceeds from the shop and art sales flow into the Roaring Fork Valley in the form of grants and scholarships.

But why the sale at the top of a store open six days a week?

“It’s partly a question of space,” she says. “We just don’t have a lot of room in the store to sell everything, and I also realized eight years ago when I started selling that there were so many amazing things, it would be fun to see everything in one place at once. time.”

But only on Saturday, and only from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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