Boomerang isn’t coming back |

Boomerang isn’t coming back

Paul Conrad/The Aspen Times

ASPEN The old Boomerang Lodge is going out with a bang before it goes out with a boom.The lodge owners are throwing a sale rather than tossing everything in the landfill. The proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity’s Roaring Fork chapter.Everything from water boilers to wet bars and from skylights to sheets have been priced and will be available for sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. The sale continues at the same times Saturday and Sunday. The lodge is at 500 W. Hopkins Ave. in Aspen.

General manager Gabi Walle said the owners want buildings No. 2 and 3 stripped, interior and exterior. Everything will be sold, including the log siding.”Absolutely everything. We hope they will take it all,” she said.Only the exterior of the original building must remain. That will be incorporated into the new condominium lodge that is approved for the site.Demolition of the property will begin next week, Walle said. The partners stated from the beginning of their redevelopment campaign that they wanted to recycle as much of the buildings and their contents as possible, Walle said.

The sale could provide a lucrative payday for Habitat for Humanity. A similar event earlier this year at the Mt. Sopris Bed and Breakfast in Carbondale raised almost $70,000, said Kristen Wilmes, affiliate manager for the Roaring Fork Valley chapter. The organization expects another windfall from this weekend’s sale.”We’re hoping to raise enough money to build another house or buy a lot,” Wilmes said.Habitat also likes the sales because they recycle building materials – giving people on a budget much-needed supplies and keeping usable materials from ending up in the dump.Habitat has built four residences in the Roaring Fork Valley. It plans to begin construction of a single-family home in Carbondale this summer and a duplex in Rifle in the fall.

Habitat is supplying volunteers for the Boomerang sale. While everything is priced, it will accept offers on Sunday for anything that hasn’t moved.Wilmes noted that there are 36 lodges rooms containing typical fare: beds, nightstands, chairs, television and TV stands and toilets. The lodge included units with kitchenettes and kitchens, so there are appliances like dishwashers, refrigerators and microwaves available, along with cabinets, granite countertops and wet bars.Cash, checks and major credit cards will be accepted.Scott Condon’s e-mail address is

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