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KU students plan garage sale in an effort to keep discarded goods out of landfills

Steve Frost, vice president of community services and philanthropy with the Interfraternity Council at Kansas University, says his fraternity, Delta Chi, will donate items like this entertainment cabinet for a Greek Garage Sale today to raise money for Lawrence Habitat for Humanity. The garage sale will be from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St.

Steve Frost, vice president of community services and philanthropy with the Interfraternity Council at Kansas University, says his fraternity, Delta Chi, will donate items like this entertainment cabinet for a Greek Garage Sale today to raise money for Lawrence Habitat for Humanity. The garage sale will be from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St.

May 15, 2009

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KU students plan garage sale in an effort to keep discarded goods out of landfills

As KU students clear out of the dorms this weekend, some are putting their unwanted goods to better use. Enlarge video

On the street

Have you ever gone Dumpster diving?

Yes, I have. (I got) some good furniture, a great high-back red chair, a TV stand, a couple of good things.

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Greek Garage Sale

  • When: Saturday, May 16, 2009, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Where: Lawrence Fair Grounds, 2110 Harper St., Building 1
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When it came time for sophomore Steve Frost to get rid of his entertainment center, he didn’t think about selling it and pocketing the cash or throwing the center out on the curb.

Frost, 20, decided to donate it to Kansas University’s third annual Greek Garage Sale. Proceeds from today’s sale will help build homes in Douglas County through Habitat for Humanity. “I know the money’s going to a good cause,” he said.

The sale is sponsored by the Panhellenic Association and Interfraternity Council.

Frost isn’t the only college student donating furniture this year. And that means the selection of curbside shopping could be a bit slimmer this Dumpster-diving season. Courtney Kincaid, sophomore and planner of this year’s Greek Garage Sale, said students have donated desks, lamps, couches and a lot of clothes.

“Students are ready to get on with summer,” she said. “It’s easier for them to just give their furniture away” than to try to sell it.

Last year, the garage sale raised more than $3,000 for The House that Greeks Built — a division of Habitat for Humanity that builds homes in Douglas County.

KU Student Housing and the campus Environmental Stewardship Program have joined again this year to collect items. Participating organizations include Just Food, Planet Aid, the Lawrence chapter of Habitat for Humanity and United Way of Douglas County.

Celeste Hoins, stewardship program manager, said students had already matched last year’s donations, even before collections were completed on Friday. Goodwill has also seen an increase in student donations of furniture, said processing manager Kevin Athey.

Although donating might have cut into Dumpster-diving success so far this year, Hoins said she expects furniture to be available in the alleys and on the curbs June 1, when renting leases close.

Comments

hannahss 4 years, 11 months ago

Any attempt to keep from wasting usable items is a step in the right direction. Also try Lawrence Freecycle (online) as a good way to get usable items to people who want them, or to find items that you need.

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pace 4 years, 11 months ago

Good for them for trying. I hate to see usable things tossed, better to put them in a garage sale or BESIDE the dumpster or curb with a free sign. 23 seconds is actually a great deal for just being responsible for what you do and use. Better to leave the campsite cleaner than to be a waster.

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Raider 4 years, 11 months ago

This article is way over-exaggerated. I went over there this morning about 7:15. They didn't have hardly any of the items described above. They had 1 couch, 1 desk, 1 old entertainment (the one in the pic) and a bunch of clothes. That's it. Don't waste your time with it. It's not worth the trip to the fairgrounds.

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tunahelper 4 years, 11 months ago

It doesn't matter, Hamm landfill on Hwy 24 has over 100 years of life left in it!

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Shardwurm 4 years, 11 months ago

Your contributions will extend the life of the Earth by about .23 seconds.

Well done.

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Original_Me 4 years, 11 months ago

Yes I'm so glad to hear this! Do give back to the Earth! Goodwill is becoming a joke, seriously. Some of their clothes match prices at Walmart & the clearance items at places like JC Penney & Sears. I saw an item I've only seen at the Dollar Tree that Goodwill was trying to sell for $2.98. There was an old, very beaten down end table that weighed about 40 lb that they had a price for $49.98! Can buy a brand new one at Walmart for less than $20 that weighs half that much. I'm glad students are making efforts to give back not only to the Earth, but to people who are in need. Great job students! :)

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TriSigmaKS 4 years, 11 months ago

GREAT job KU Greeks and wonderful cause to donate to. Well done.

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christy kennedy 4 years, 11 months ago

So glad to hear about this. Way, WAY too much perfectly usable stuff sits on the curb getting rained on or gets tossed into dumpsters.

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