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Aaron LaPedis

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Aaron LaPedis is an American author, collector, and philanthropist from Denver, Colorado.

Career[edit]

In 1990, LaPedis opened Fascination St. Fine Art, a retail gallery focusing on artwork and collectibles relating to Colorado major leagues sports teams, and later introduced fine art such as sculptures, original artwork, and limited editions, as well as animation art and cartoon collectibles.[1][2]

After 11 years in the collectibles business, LaPedis began hosting "The Collectibles Show" in 2001 on Denver's KDBI Channel 12, a Public Broadcasting Station. The television show aired at 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and reached 20,000 to 40,000 viewers each week.[1]

In 2012, Wiley Publishing printed LaPedis's personal finance book, The Garage Sale Millionaire, a self-help guide to making a profit from collectibles and garage sale finds.[3] After the book's publication,The Garage Sale Millionaire was planned to become a reality television show airing on CMT, but the series was not picked up.[3]

That same year, LaPedis was a monthly columnist for the Denver Post from February to August 2012, commonly writing articles with insights on finance and business.[4]

Surrounding the publication of The Garage Sale Millionaire, LaPedis made several media appearances, including the Discovery Channel’s Curiosity program segment, “America’s Price Tag: What’s America Worth?[5][6] and The Hallmark Channel's Home and Family show.[7][8]

In March of 2016, LaPedis published the first book in his children's book series, A Boy Named Penguin. The fictional series, loosely based on his son's experience with autism, was created to raise awareness and acceptance of Autism Spectrum Disorder.[9] Book 2 in the series, A Boy Named Penguin: The Mystery of the Albino Calf, was picked up by Mascot Publishing and received the 2017 Silver Nautilus Award.[10][11] Colorado Authors' League selected the third book in the series, A Boy Named Penguin: Different is the New Perfect, as a 2019 finalist in the Children's Picture Book category.[12]

Lapedis's art gallery was nominated for Denver Business Journal's 2020 Small Business Awards based on the company's awards and recognition, community achievements and involvement, and contributions to their industry.[13][14]

Outreach[edit]

Since opening in 1990, LaPedis has donated over $1.5 million to various charities through his gallery.[14]

In 2016, LaPedis received the Invisible Disabilities Association's Volunteer Award for his contributions to charities such as the ALS Association, ARC of Colorado, the Autism Society, the American Heart Association and the National MS Society.[15]

Half of the proceeds from LaPedis's second children's book, A Boy Named Penguin: The Mystery of the Albino Calf were donated to the Autism Society of Colorado.[16]

Books[edit]

  • The Garage Sale Millionaire: Make money with hidden finds from garage sales to storage unit auctions and everything in between (John Wiley & Sons Inc, 2012), ISBN 1118370546 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.

A Boy Named Penguin book series:

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Gillen, Sharon (May 12, 2002). "Local retailer promotes himself with show on public television". Denver Business Journal.
  2. Guenin, Triche (March 17, 2010). "Secrets of the garage sale millionaire". www.cobizmag.com. Retrieved 2019-06-15. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "The Garage Sale Millionaire | Wiley News Room – Press Releases, News, Events & Media". newsroom.wiley.com. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  4. LaPedis, Aaron. "A husband's gift quest results in a lesson in counterfeits". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  5. Rossetti, Diana. "The Repository". www.cantonrep.com. Retrieved 2019-06-17.
  6. Garage Sale Millionaire | Curiosity: What's America Worth?, retrieved 2020-04-02
  7. "Kevin Sorbo | Home & Family". Hallmark Channel. Retrieved 2020-04-02.
  8. "Home & Family" Episode dated 12 November 2012 (TV Episode 2012) - IMDb, retrieved 2020-04-02
  9. "Small Business Spotlight: Fascination St. Fine Art". CherryCreekNorth.com. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  10. "New Releases for December". mascotbooks.com. Retrieved 2020-06-13. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  11. "2017 Silver Winners – Nautilus Book Awards". Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  12. Wilson, Cynthia (2019-06-04). "COLORADO AUTHORS' LEAGUE 2019 Finalists announced!". North Forty News. Retrieved 2020-04-02.
  13. "Special Report: DBJ's 2020 Small Business Awards". www.bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2020-06-13. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Fascination St. Fine Art". www.bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2020-06-13. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  15. "2016 Volunteer Award - Aaron LaPedis". Invisible Disabilities® Association. Retrieved 2019-10-02.
  16. Bohlen, Teague (2018-11-26). "Book It: The Five Best Literary Events This Week". Westword. Retrieved 2020-06-13.


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