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Annual Art Sale helps Aspen Thrift Shop give more to the community

People look at the goods during the preview event on 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 is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Chances are you have contributed something over the years to the Aspen Thrift Shop. Saturday is your chance to buy something cool and keep the virtuous circle of giving going. Yes, the annual Art Sale is here, Saturday, and you only have so much time, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You may have benefited from the proceeds. The 73-year-old organization run exclusively by women has given hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to community service groups ranging from A to Z — ACES to Youth Zone — just from the trash-to-treasure cycle the thrift store fosters.

Katherine Sand of the Thrift Shop explains: “We alleviate 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 about the only place you can buy truly affordable clothes and goods in Aspen, and donate the proceeds back to the community.”



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

What’s there waiting at the Red Brick Center for the Arts? Maybe better to ask what isn’t. Art! Of course. Books, paintings, photographs, posters, sculptures, jewelry, clothing, ceramics, pots, pans, the whole artful kitchen and sink, no doubt.



People look at the goods during the preview event on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, ahead of the Aspen Thrift Shop’s annual art sale at the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen.
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