The Big Sale: It's Really Big



Article Published: Aug. 19, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

It's like a yard sale, except instead of a yard, it's a whole building. It's time for the "Big Sale" at Appalachian State University, and this year it's really big.

"There's futons, refrigerators, televisions, fans, clothing items, bedding items, different types of electronics, different shelving units, desks," and, according to ACT (Appalachian and the Communtiy Together) intern Williette Dennis, the list goes on.

At the end of each school year, volunteers start the hunting and gathering.

Donations are collected stuff students can't take with them from their dorm rooms and apartments, like that sleeper sofa that won't fit in the station wagon and that mini-fridge.

Volunteers, however, don't just stop at donations. "There's even Dumpster diving," Dennis said.
Anything and everything goes, and it's for a good cause.

"It helps keep a lot of used furniture out of landfills," she said. "And the money raised from the sale goes to four local organizations."

This year's sale beneficiaries include Western Youth Network, Mountain Alliance, Holston Camp and Retreat and ASU Child Development Center, along with a scholarship fund.

Last year's sale netted $13,500. That's a lot of cash, even when you take into account the fact that 60 tons of material were saved from entering landfills through the sale.

The sale happens, rain or shine, at Legends on campus from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. Limited parking for patrons will be provided in the parking lot of the Red Onion Cafe until 10:30 a.m., and there are a very limited number of spaces in the Legends parking lot. For more information, visit http://www.act.appstate.edu/bigsale.

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