Aspen Thrift Shop’s Annual Art Sale Returns With ‘Unusual, Interesting, Original’ Collection

Artworks from the Aspen Thrift Shop are being prepared for art sale at the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen on Thursday, July 22, 2021. The sale is the culmination of two years of artwork and will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday with a preview from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. The sale signed works of art and unusual finds, some of which will be sold in a silent auction. (Kelsey Brunner / The Aspen Times)

Less than 48 hours before the Aspen Thrift Shop’s annual art sale, organizer Katherine Sand was still accepting the number of posters, books, paintings and ephemera she needed to sort. and evaluate.

“I’m in denial, to be perfectly honest, because there is so much going on. … I might have to lie down with cucumber slices over my eyes because there is enough – there is a lot, there is a lot, “Sand said Thursday in a phone call.

Saturday’s art sale (and a preview Friday night) at the Red Brick Center for the Arts will feature “hundreds” of artwork donated to the thrift store over the past two years. There was a backlog this year because the pandemic caused a disruption in sales last summer; Plus, donors have called “almost every day” to add to this year’s sale, Sand said.

There is not enough space in the three-story store in downtown Aspen to display all the art the store receives, so the association keeps works in city storage locations until the end of the day. ‘at the annual sale.

“It’s always a bit of a scavenger hunt, but this year is amazing because I’m coming out of storage for things that I haven’t seen in a very long time, so it’s pretty exciting,” said Sand. “I think people are going to be really amazed. “

This year’s selection includes signed works by Tom Benton, posters from the International Design Conference dating back to the 1970s, and a candle sconce from the 1962 Century 21 World’s Fair.

“That’s what I like about our stuff: it’s not that collective because it’s incredibly valuable, it’s collectible because it’s unusual and interesting and original and will give people a lot of fun. “Sand said.

This is not to say that the works for sale have no value in the art market, however – items start at $ 10 or $ 20, but some pieces can sell for “thousands” in the game. silent auction of the sale, said Sand. Proceeds from the sale help fund the thrift store’s grants to other nonprofits throughout the valley.

Potential buyers can browse the deals (but won’t be able to purchase or reserve items) during a preview from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday.

The main event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday will take place on a first come, first served basis, “free for all”; there have been as many as 100 people waiting for the doors to open in recent years, and one man has a reputation for arriving as early as 7 a.m. to secure his place in the line, Sand said. Masks will be required inside the red brick (110 E. Hallam St.).

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