As the end of the year is drawing near and rooms are being packed up, many graduating students come to a dilemma regarding furniture and other belongings they cannot/do not want to take with them. While they debate over what to do with their belongings, students returning in the fall have begun planning their living arrangements, searching for affordable furniture and decorations.
The apartment RAs have helped create a win-win situation for those who want to get rid of some items and for those who want to acquire things for next year. Northwestern’s first Garage Sale will be 3:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 1, on the Green. Any students who wish to sell items they no longer want can register for a table for $10. Half the deposit will be returned when students have cleaned up their table after the Garage Sale. The other half of the deposit will be donated to The Bridge.
“We’re hitting a lot of dynamics with this,” Ally Austin, one of the RAs in charge of the sale, said. “It’s all about giving and receiving.”
To accommodate students with later classes or who are involved in sports, the garage sale will run for four hours. Students can come and go as they please. They have the freedom to price items however they want and can sell as much or as little as they want. If roommates or a small group of friends do not have a lot to sell on their own, they can share a table.
“We wanted to do something that benefits all students and is a fun environment for everyone to hang out in,” Austin said. “It’s fun to at least try something to develop in years to come.”
Austin emphasized how the sale is open for everyone. While graduating students may have larger items, like mini fridges and couches, to get rid of, everyone else is welcome to register for a table and sell their items.
“It’s a cheap and fun thing for people to do,” Austin said. “You can just go and peruse.”
All sellers are asked to clean up their tables when they are done.