Faculty, staff invited to preview Give It Up For Good sale

Update 5/25/16

This year's Give It Up For Good collected 38,300 pounds of donations: That's more than 19 tons.

The faculty and staff preview sale on Friday and the public yard sale on Saturday, which were moved indoors because of threat of inclement weather, raised $12,755 for Habitat for Humanity. 

Check out the EcoReps Facebook page for photos of this year's event.

University faculty and staff will get the first pick of the lamps, mini-fridges, clothing and other items that students donated when they moved out for the semester at this year’s Give It Up For Good yard sale.

The faculty and staff preview of the sale will be 4-6 p.m. Friday (May 20).  There is a $5 admission fee with a Carolina Card for the previews sale, with proceeds donated to Habitat for Humanity.

The yard sale will be open to the general public 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday.

 Because of the forecast of rain, the location for the Friday and Saturday sales has been changed. The sale will be indoors at the University of South Carolina field house at 1401 Whaley St., between South Bull and Marion streets. Parking will be available in the Bates lot across Whaley Street from the field house.

At the end of each semester, University Housing collects donations from students after moving out of the residence halls. These donations could include anything from clothing and shoes to furniture and appliances. The items are then sold at the yard sale, allowing all proceeds to go to Habitat for Humanity.

The sale features everything from brand-new items, gently used appliances and even a few odd pieces, said Margaret Bounds, coordinator of environmental sustainability at University Housing. Among the more unusual pieces this year are a 4-foot-tall Santa lawn ornament, a ceramic cat, a basket in the shape of the state of Virginia, an alligator costume and a pair of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer pajamas.

Pieces that aren’t sold will be donated to the Habitat for Humanity store, and any clothes will be donated to Palmetto Thrift and Goodwill.

The Give It Up For Good project also benefits the University of South Carolina. If these items were not collected, they would end up in dumpsters, making campus look cluttered, Bound said. She also said the sale strengthens the university’s relationship with Habitat for Humanity.

“Our relationship with Habitat for Humanity is beneficial because it allows us to have a say in which projects our money is being put towards,” Bounds said, “We’re able to reserve spots for volunteers for our students and faculty, as well.”

Bounds says she expects 19 to 20 tons of donations this year, all to be sold at the yard sale.

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