Thrift Shop art sale Saturday |

Thrift Shop art sale Saturday

Erica Robbie
The Aspen Times
This Afghan marital headpiece dating back more than one hundred years is one of the many interesting finds that will be on-display at the Thrift Shop of Aspen's thrid annual art sale this Saturday.
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What: The Thrift Shop of Aspen 3rd annual arts sale

When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Aspen Red Brick recreation center

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From a 1970s’ Swiss-made Spaceman watch to an Afghani wedding headdress that is more than a century old, there’s no predicting what shoppers may discover at the Thrift Shop of Aspen.

“We’re sort of Aspen’s only department store,” thrift shop co-president and volunteer Ellen Walbert said with a laugh.

On Saturday, the Thrift Shop of Aspen will display its most coveted treasures — the ones that are perhaps too valuable or pricey to display in the store on a regular basis — as part of its third annual art sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Red Brick.

This community is overwhelmingly generous, said thrift shop volunteer Katherine Sand, adding that people donate “the most magnificent things” to the thrift store.

“You’d be amazed at how many angels there are in this valley,” Walbert said.

But even in Aspen, “there’s an expectation when you go to a thrift shop that you’re not going to be greeted with a $5,000 piece of art,” she said.

Sand started the Thrift Shop of Aspen art sale three years ago in an effort to showcase some of the shop’s more exclusive pieces while giving everyone “a chance to participate in the hunt.”

While the sale is home to the some of the shop’s most valuable possessions, altogether it offers unique items at every price point.

Starting at $5, this year’s art sale will feature all types of clothing, jewelry, photographs, pottery, “museum-quality ethnic collectables,” movie posters and more.

Since its 1949 inception, the Thrift Shop of Aspen has provided countless scholarships and grants to nonprofits all throughout the Roaring Fork valley.

In 2015 alone, the thrift shop donated nearly $600,000 to local nonprofits, including public schools, art, music and senior organizations, Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and more, Sand reported.

“We’re broad in our giving,” she said. “And we like to make it easy for people to apply.”