May 17, 2010
Luther College students are turning “trash” into “treasure” by donating unwanted merchandise to be sold at a community-wide sale that offers “treasures” at bargain prices.
The “Trash into Treasure” sale, now in its sixth year, has become a traditional part of the end of the Luther academic year. This year’s sale will be held May 19-21 from 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., May 24 from 7:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. and May 25 from noon-6 p.m. at the Ashmore-Jewell Barn, located on College Drive north of the main entrance to the college.
Luther students are encouraged to leave items they no longer want in designated collection areas on campus. Their “trash” will be taken to the Ashmore-Jewell Barn where it will be resold to the community to become someone else’s “treasure.” Items not sold will be donated to the Depot Outlet, a nonprofit secondhand store located in Decorah.
Last year’s sale, which consisted of items ranging from couches and clothes to televisions and storage bins, raised $2,600 for a men’s basketball team fundraiser. Treasures included 19 couches, 19 chairs, 18 futons, a 52-inch television, clothes, dishes, books, bikes and other miscellaneous items.
Vicky Jaeger, Luther recreational sports coordinator and coordinator of the annual Trash into Treasure sale, estimates that the college saved five tons of useable items from going to the landfill last year.
The “Trash into Treasure” sale is conducted again this year by the Luther men’s basketball team.
Luther Sustainability will take over the Trash into Treasure project in 2011, with continued support from the men’s basketball team.