Buy college students leftover items

June 3, 2011 2:43:02 PM PDT
Shirts from J. Crew and Hollister for $5 and Seven brand jeans for $3. Chairs for $15 . And area rugs for $10. Plus lamps, printers, mini-fridges and small kitchen appliances, all priced at $25 or less.

All those items were left behind by Penn students, when they moved out of their dorms -- and they all go on sale Saturday morning in a warehouse at 3401 Gray's Ferry Avenue at the annual Penn Moves Sale.

Marie Witt, Vice President of Business Services for the University of Pennsylvania, explains, "We have 20,000 students on campus and as they move out there are things that -- because they live internationally or cross-country -- they're just not able to take with them. So they donate it all to be socially responsible, and to honor our Penn Climate Action plan."

Instead of throwing everything out, the university collects the items, and partners with Goodwill to get it all organized.

"We actually partnered with them last year to help them with our technical expertise of moving the items and racking the clothes, and sorting the items," explains Goodwills Mary Polizzi.

Whatever doesn't sell will be sent to Goodwill's 23 area stores -- but that probably won't be much. With deals like this, shoppers usually line up before the doors even open.

Witt says, "It's really all priced to sell. We try to make these things available to the community, in very affordable ways. There are microwaves and refrigerators for $25. I think the most expensive thing is a large sofa for $40 or $50. But most of this -- I'd say 95% of this -- is below $20."

The sale starts at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2011. From 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., Early Bird admission is $5. After that time, admission is free.

For more information about the sale and about shuttle buses running from the University of Pennsylvania campus, click here.

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