A temporary, deluxe thrift store popped up for a few hours in West Jefferson this past Saturday.
The Ashe County Arts Council held its 20th annual ARTifacts Yard Sale Saturday, April 19 at the Early Learning Center in West Jefferson.
Jane Lonon, executive director of the arts council, said the arts council was fortunate to have so many high-quality items donated for this year’s yard sale.
“We were fortunate to have a lot of really nice items this year because a lot of people are downsizing or moving,” Lonon said.
On Friday evening, April 18, the arts council hosted a preview party and silent auction. Twelve items, including paintings by local artists and collectible antiques were available for sale through silent bidding.
Saturday, plenty of folks showed up to peruse and purchase used clothing, electronics, home furnishings, seasonal decor and videos and music among other things.
Lonon said the arts council generally raises anywhere from $5,000 to $6,000 from the annual yard sale.
“It’s a good moneymaker,” Lonon said.
The yard sale is just one of the many events and fundraisers the arts council hosts throughout the year. Last Saturday, April 12, the arts council held its annual Springfest and next month they’ll hold their biggest fundraiser of the year, according to Lonon.
For more information about the arts council and arts-related events in Ashe County, visit the Ashe County Arts Council online at www.ashecountyarts.org.
Alan Bulluck can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @albulluck.