Hoosier to Hoosier sale offers bargains while promoting reuse

The Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale got its start several years ago when an IU Office of Sustainability intern wanted to expand efforts by Residential Programs and Services to collect and reuse the furniture and household items that students were throwing away every spring.

It has grown year by year, and the 2014 H2H sale, scheduled this Saturday and Sunday at The Warehouse, 1525 S. Rogers St. in Bloomington, promises to again be quite an event. Hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

IU Director of Sustainability Bill Brown moves a desk in preparation for H2H.

IU Director of Sustainability Bill Brown moves a desk in preparation for H2H.

The sale is a great opportunity for students setting up a new apartment and for families and individuals looking for good deals. Expect to find couches, futons, office chairs, bedding, lamps, fans, desk chairs, kitchen items and a whole lot of clothing – about eight semi-trailer loads in total.

On Saturday, early-bird shoppers pay a fee of $10 for first crack at the best stuff from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Folks tend to arrive early, and volunteers will start collecting entry fees at 7 a.m. to ensure the line moves quickly. Admission is free after 9:30 a.m. Saturday and on Sunday.

Proceeds go to support Habitat for Humanity ReStore and sustainability programs of IU and the City of Bloomington. The 2013 sale raised about $30,000, a record for the event.

Along with the late-summer sale, there’s a year-round education and outreach component to H2H. For example, did you know that items that are thrown away in Bloomington make a 60-mile trip to be buried in a landfill near Terre Haute, Ind.? Instead of tossing cast-off belongings into the trash, organizers say, why not exchange items at a swap party or donate them to a local resale shop?

Bloomington is also providing other opportunities this weekend to stock up on used goods and furnishings and to look for bargains. Junk in the Trunk, a city-sponsored giant community rummage sale, takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Frank Southern Ice Arena, 2100 S. Henderson St. The third annual Resale Trail combines H2H with a half dozen sales across the city.


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