Notre Dame’s Old2Gold sale aims to promote sustainability

NOW: Notre Dame’s Old2Gold sale aims to promote sustainability

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind.—The University of Notre Dame’s annual Old2Gold campus yard sale will be held on Saturday, June 8 at the St. Joseph County 4-H Fairgrounds.

“This is first and foremost a sustainability initiative,” said Ian Hogan, Manager of Recycling, Solid Waste and Special Projects at Notre Dame. “Everything you see is things that students leave behind at the end of the year that could potentially end up in a landfill so we have found a way with Old2Gold to sell those items and donate every penny we make to charity.”

Throughout the last six years, the sale has raised over $200,000 for local charities. All proceeds from the sale will benefit more than 15 local nonprofit organizations.

Shoppers at the 2018 Old2Gold sale. Photo courtesy Notre Dame/ Matt Cashore

Hogan says about 5,000 people visit the sale each year to recycle what’s been donated by Notre Dame students at the end of the school year. He says all of the items are priced to sell, but any items not purchased during the campus yard sale will be given to Goodwill.

Clothing, furniture, refrigerators, storage bins, bedding, housewares and more will be featured at the sale. New items from Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore and used office furniture from Notre Dame Surplus will also be included in the sale.

Hogan hopes people will come out for the sale to give a new life to discarded belongings that he doesn’t want to see end up in a landfill.

“It’s about 60 tons of items this year that stayed out of the landfill so you start to multiply that by over the years and you get some serious weight,” Hogan said.

The sale will run from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. and the parking lot will open at 4 a.m.

Admission tickets will be sold for $5 per person beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday. Children six and under are admitted for free. Parking at the fairgrounds is free.

Only cash will be accepted but limited ATMs will be available.

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