Cleaning this spring? Be sure to think before you toss

May 03, 2017

ERIE, Pa. — It’s spring cleaning time again. Just be sure to think before you toss.

The end-of-semester Trash to Treasure indoor yard sale at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, will again benefit bargain-hunters, the environment and United Way of Erie County.

Trash to Treasure is a Penn State initiative to keep the university community’s unwanted but still useful items out of the waste stream. The sixth annual local Trash to Treasure sale will be held in Penn State Behrend’s Erie Hall on Saturday, May 13.

Donations will be accepted in Erie Hall during the weeks of May 1-5 and May 8-12 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Items being accepted include athletic equipment, clothing, nonperishable food, accessories, cleaning supplies, computers, light fixtures, carpets, toys, printers, fans, furniture, stereos and appliances. Televisions will not be accepted for donation this year.

The sales opens at 7:30 a.m. May 13; admission is $5 per person between opening and 9 a.m. Free admission will be offered from 9 a.m. until the sale’s end at noon. From 11 a.m. to noon attendees can fill a bag for $5.

All cash proceeds from Trash to Treasure benefit United Way of Erie County.

The bulk of the items to be sold at Trash to Treasure are donated by Penn State Behrend students as they move out of the college’s 10 residence halls and nine apartment buildings.

“Students are generous about donating these items to the sale instead of throwing them away, because they recognize that they still have utility,” said Ann Quinn, director of Greener Behrend.

The sale is coordinated by Greener Behrend and college’s Athletics staff. For more information, contact Quinn at

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Last Updated May 10, 2017