Aspen Community School fundraiser appeals to do-it-yourselfers and event planners |

Aspen Community School fundraiser appeals to do-it-yourselfers and event planners

Staff report

Looking for upscale home décor or planning a party soon?

Come this Friday or Saturday to Décor Days at the Aspen Community School gymnasium/community hall in Woody Creek, where a plethora of new and gently used party items and home goods — furniture, flooring, linens, fabrics, pillows, planters, candles, ceiling fans, rugs and much more — will be available for purchase.

Décor Days runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14. Aspen Community School is located off Woody Creek Road on Woody Creek Mesa.

The bazaar is a joint venture of the school, which will receive 100 percent of the proceeds, and The Aspen Branch Floral Arts, which has long supported the school’s efforts to bridge the gap between its tax funding and what it actually takes to educate a Community School student.

“This kind of collaboration speaks to our fundraising philosophy,” said Jeffie Butler, a board member of Compass, the nonprofit that runs the public charter school. “Someone from the extended community offers us a service or goods and we are able to parlay that into a community event that benefits us financially.”

The bazaar will include refreshments and an opportunity to win a “spring bounty basket” that includes locally harvested food, garden gift certificates, wines and more. A “freecycle” area will also feature various unwanted but still usable items at no cost.

Many local families miss Community School’s well-attended annual Garage Sale in Willits, where all sorts of second-hand furniture, sports equipment, tools, gear and other deeply discounted items were sold. Beth Gill, owner of The Aspen Branch, first suggested Décor Days as a new, upscale version of the Garage Sale fundraiser.

For more information, call Butler at 970-923-1170.

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