Chances are you’ve contributed to the Aspen Thrift Shop over the years. Today is your chance to buy something cool and keep the gift-giving cycle going. Yes, the annual Art Sale is here today and you only have so much time, from 10am to 2pm
You may have benefited from the proceeds. The 73-year-old organization, run entirely by women, has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to charitable groups from A to Z — ACES to Youth Zone — just breaking the junk-to-treasure cycle that the thrift store encourages.
Katherine Sand from the Thrift Shop explains: “We take things from the locals because we all have too much of it! Sell it to people who need it at super low prices – it’s pretty much the only place you can buy truly affordable clothing and merchandise in Aspen, and donate the proceeds to the community.”
The Art Sale, which Sand started eight years ago, will end up raising around $30,000 for organizations and grants at the end of the day.
What awaits you at the Red Brick Center for the Arts? Maybe better ask what isn’t. Art! Of course. Books, paintings, photographs, posters, sculptures, jewellery, clothes, ceramics, pots, pans, all the elaborate kitchen and sink work, without a doubt.
Here’s an initial list of some of the highlight treasures:
- A signed print by Terry Rose for the 1987 Choices for the Future symposium held at Windstar, also signed by John Denver.
- Signed Tom Benton prints.
- pieces of folk art.
- Australian and African artifacts.
- The official catalog of Angelo Accardi, the deluxe edition.
- Architectural prints by Michael Graves.
- steuben glass.
“When I unpack our warehouse, I discover more and more,” says Sand. “It’s a total treasure hunt and cornucopia. Also some incredible vintage and very valuable pieces of clothing – we only sell a few as there is so much in the shop but what we have is special.”
The Thrift Shop (and Art Sale) is staffed by volunteers only. Professionals, retirees, all types of people and all ages. You just have to have a desire to donate your time. Oh, and be 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 Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Tuesday evenings from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m
The store has endured some lean times during the height of the pandemic, Sand says, along with other nonprofits and businesses. They closed over long distances. At times they were unable to accept donations.
“However, we’ve made a great recovery and the store is filling up and grants are being made to the community,” she says.
The Thrift Shop’s guiding philosophy on the donations page is to provide as much as possible to as many groups as possible.
“We believe that our grants – in environmental, arts, social services, education and childcare – reflect the diversity of our donors, volunteers and customers alike and are important proof of local commitment for organizations that can use this evidence to support them.” to support other fundraising,” she says.
Proceeds from the shop and art sale make their way to the Roaring Fork Valley in the form of grants and scholarships.
But why sell out in a store that’s open six days a week?
“It’s partly a question of space,” she says. “We just don’t have the space in the store to sell everything and also, eight years ago when I started selling, I realized that there was so much great stuff that it would be fun to do it all in one place place to see time.”
But only today and only from 10 to 2.