Bargains are plenty at UofSC annual yard sale

Each year, as students move out of their residence halls, they leave behind thousands of pounds of unwanted items — from futons to lamps to clothing. These donated items will be up for grabs Friday and Saturday (May 19-20) at the Give It Up For Good yard sale sponsored by University Housing.

From 4 to 6 p.m., Friday (May 19), a preview sale will be open to university faculty, staff and students. The sale is at a new location this year at 1220 Catawba St. (Catawba and Sumter streets), and the admission charge is $5 for those with a Carolina Card and $10 for those without a university ID.

“The USC day for faculty, staff and students is a fun way to say thank you to everyone at the university who offers support, from donating to putting the sale together to making it happen,” says Alia McAdams, the graduate assistant and EcoReps program coordinator with University Housing.

On Saturday, the sale is open to the general public from 7 a.m. until noon. Admission is $5 for the first hour, and free after 8 a.m.

The money raised from the sale will be donated to Habitat for Humanity. Last summer’s sale raised more than $12,000. Since the winter and summer sales began in 2012, the university has raised $51,347 and funded three Habitat for Humanity home rehabs. In 2016, 38,300 pounds of items were donated — up from 29,231 in 2012.

Items such as small refrigerators and microwaves tend to go quickly, McAdams says. But there are thousands of pounds of clothing and tables full of lamps, dishes and books. Shoppers will find a few quirky items this year, too, including a longboard, holiday decorations and stuffed animals.

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