If one person's trash is another's treasure, then bargain hunters stand to strike gold at Saturday's second annual Wildcat Welcome Rummage Sale.
If one person's trash is another's treasure, then bargain hunters stand to strike gold at Saturday's second annual Wildcat Welcome Rummage Sale.

UA Demonstrates How to Do a Rummage Sale Right

The popular Wildcat Welcome Rummage Sale returns on Saturday, and it has "good cause" written all over it. The sale is the result of the Dodge the Dumpster project, which diverted more than 85,000 pounds in usable items, recyclables and food from landfills in May.
July 26, 2017
Extra Info: 

Those interested in participating in the rummage sale will need to pre-register by filling out a purchase agreement either at the UA Surplus Storefront or online. For the latter, click here and do one of the following:

  • Scan your completed form to your computer and then email it to uaauctions@fso.arizona.edu.
  • Fax your completed form to 520-626-8816.
  • Drop off your completed form at the Surplus Storefront, 3740 E. 34th St.

For more information on the sale, visit the @UASustainability Facebook event page or email Julia Rudnick at rudnick1@email.arizona.edu.

What: 
Wildcat Welcome Rummage Sale
When: 
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 29
Where: 
UA Surplus Storefront, Paul and Alice Baker Distribution Center, 3740 E. 34th St., Tucson
Members of the UA Green Team collected items from residence halls during move-out in May, and many of those items will be resold at the Wildcat Welcome Rummage Sale.
Members of the UA Green Team collected items from residence halls during move-out in May, and many of those items will be resold at the Wildcat Welcome Rummage Sale.

Here's what you need to know about the Wildcat Welcome Rummage Sale: Last year's inaugural event was scheduled for three days, but it sold out in a few hours. So if you're going on Saturday, you'd better get there early and be OK with crowds.

Understandably, the sale is enormously popular with bargain hunters, but it's also significant because it has "good cause" written all over it. Thanks to the efforts and participation of University of Arizona students and their families during move-out in mid-May, the UA's Dodge the Dumpster project diverted more than 85,000 pounds in usable items, recyclables and food from landfills. Of that amount, about 66,000 pounds will be resold at the sale.

A full range of items from residence-hall rooms will be available, from clothing and bedding to mini fridges, microwaves, school supplies and storage containers. Proceeds will go back into funding the Dodge the Dumpster project for future years. UA Housing and Residence Life, the Office of Sustainability, the UA Green Team, and Procurement and Contracting Services are partners in Dodge the Dumpster.

The sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. — or until everything sells out — at the UA Surplus Storefront, located in the Paul and Alice Baker Distribution Center, 3740 E. 34th Street. 

"The Dodge the Dumpster program really puts waste into a tangible perspective," said Michael Beauregard, the project's lead. "A majority of what we collected would have otherwise been thrown in a dumpster. Spending the summer getting the stuff ready for the sale, I've had the opportunity to see the importance of having programs that divert unnecessary waste."

Since May, student employees have prepared for the sale by sorting, cleaning, taking inventory and testing items to ensure condition and function, as well as determining pricing and whether items should be donated rather than sold.

Non-perishable food items were donated to Campus Pantry, a UA organization fighting food insecurity on campus for students and staff. Mattress pads and bedding were donated to El Sistema Nacional para el Desarollo Integral de la Familia, a nonprofit organization in Mexico dedicated to strengthening families. Sister Jose Women's Center received toiletries, and the UA Women's Resource Center received feminine products. ThinkTank will distribute books that were donated during move-out.   

Several changes have been implemented for this year's sale to improve its speed and flow. The warehouse will have two entries and exits, as well as a separate line for people paying by check. In addition, the UA Student Union's RoadRunner food truck will be on-site, selling bacon and vegetarian breakfast burritos as well as a variety of cold beverages. Cash and credit cards will be accepted, as well as meal plans and CatCa$h.

The UA's Green Fund, which allocates $400,000 from student fees to campus sustainability projects, and Dodge the Dumpster are two of many initiatives and efforts that have earned the University a STARS Gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. The honor was based on data gathered by the Office of Sustainability and campus partners.  

"It doesn't get much better than seeing teams of UA students work together to keep thousands of pounds of waste out of landfills while making sure we can give back to the community in the process," said Julia Rudnick, the UA's coordinator of sustainability programs.