Successful winter sale primes Trash to Treasure's main event in June

March 22, 2010

University Park, Pa. -- When students at Penn State's University Park file out of their residence halls at the end of the semester they certainly don’t cover their tracks. In fact, Penn State averages 190 tons of moving-out waste each year. The Trash to Treasure program is approaching a decade of success and is showing no signs of slowing down.

The Trash to Treasure sale is held each semester and sells back tons of student-donated items to raise money for the Centre County United Way. Since the program began in 2002, more than $375,000 has been raised with all proceeds going to the nonprofit organization. 

The Student United Way Trash to Treasure event on Feb. 6 sold more than 10 tons of donated items in Fisher Hall (East Halls), and raised $5,336. Over 100 people volunteered by sorting and pricing the donated materials in preparation for the event and on sale day.

“Trash to Treasure is an amazing event that depends largely on the volunteers who help plan and sort for the sale,” junior Student United Way co-coordinator Kayla Heck said. “It was great to see the support of Penn State, State College and the Centre County United Way come together to make for such a successful event.”

Collections for the winter sale began in early December and students could donate items from their rooms using donation bins located around residence halls. By early February over 10 tons of sorted and priced clothes, furniture, electronics and even toys filled Fisher Hall.

Students and local residents weathered an early February snowstorm and made it to Fisher Hall to take advantage of the great prices on donated items. Remaining items were donated to various local charities or saved for the annual Trash to Treasure event on June 6 at Beaver Stadium.

Last year, the spring event brought in approximately 63 tons of items and raised more than $62,000, breaking it’s own record. This event requires over a month of sorting and thousands of volunteer hours. Those interested in volunteering can visit the Trash to Treasure volunteer page to learn how to be a part of this great town-gown event.

“It all couldn’t happen without time, talent and dedication; and the United Way is very thankful," Pam Long, communications director for the Centre County United Way, said. Shoppers can pay $5 for early bird admission at 7:30 a.m. or wait for free admission at 9 a.m. Doors will be open until 2 p.m.

For more information on the event or how to volunteer, visit the Trash to Treasure Web site.

  • These lights were among the items sold at the 2009 Trash to Treasure sale. For additional photos of last year's sale items, click on image above.

    IMAGE: Andy Colwell

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Last Updated November 18, 2010