Campus Salvage, Coastal Carolina University's annual yard sale, was held recently and deemed a huge success. More than $2,000 was made on the May 14 sale, money that will go back into campus sustainability efforts, according to Jennifer Sellers, sustainability coordinator.
"We sold almost everything for $1 except for larger items like microwaves and TVs, which went for $10," said Sellers. "It truly reinforced the saying that one person's trash is another's treasure. Our goal was not to make money, but to recycle and reuse the items that students left behind."
During move-out week of May 2-7, students living in residence halls on campus and University Place filled 25 PODS with their castoffs from a year of college life – electronics, lamps, posters, bedding, rugs, appliances, clothing, food, even some designer shoes and handbags. Prior to the community sale, Sellers and the sustainability team made donations to area nonprofits that could use the perishables, bedding and clothing.
– 30 bags of clothes to the tornado relief efforts in Alabama.
– 3 bags of clothes, 8 bags of bedding, 15 shower caddies, to the women's shelter, Rahab House.
– 641 pounds of food to Low Country Food Bank.
– 20 bags of bedding, pillows and towels to Horry County Animal Care Center.
– 10 bags of clothing to Street Reach, Myrtle Beach.
– Three refrigerator-size boxes of items, five tote bins of shoes, four bags of clothes, plus TVs, lamps and appliances to Goodwill.
– 15 bags of clothing to Fostering Hope.
"Everyone (at the nonprofits) was so excited to get our donations," said Sellers, who worked with the University's Volunteer Services to select and coordinate donors. "We look forward to doing this again next year, maybe with some other beneficiaries."