Hoosier to Hoosier sale sets another record

This fall’s Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale raised more than $33,000 for Habitat for Humanity ReStore and other causes, setting a mark for sales for the fifth consecutive year.

Some 2,584 shoppers took advantage of the sale, which took place Aug. 23-24 in Bloomington and provided new homes for used furniture, appliances, household goods and other items that might have been discarded when IU students moved out of dorms and apartments in the spring. Several organizations, including the IU Office of Sustainability, IU Bloomington Residential Programs and Services and the City of Bloomington Department of Economic and Sustainable Development, partner to plan and manage the sale.

Getting ready for H2H sale

IU sustainability director Bill Brown helps get ready for the H2H sale.

“Dedicated volunteers and partners put a lot of really hard work into making Hoosier to Hoosier a success,” said Bill Brown, IU director of sustainability. “I’m so impressed with their work and the generosity of the individuals who donate to the sale. I hope customers have a good experience at the sale and continue to buy used items instead of new items to reduce waste.”

“H2H is fun because it always brings together a great group of partners who care about their community,” added city sustainability coordinator Jacqui Bauer. “It truly is a community effort, with hundreds of local residents contributing donations, labor, and inspiration.”

Hoosier to Hoosier grew out of work done by RPS staff to find new homes for items that students left behind when they moved out of university housing. An IU Office of Sustainability intern took the lead in expanding it to a community-wide sale fueled by volunteers.

In addition to providing funding for Habitat for Humanity ReStore, the sale helps support the city Department of Economic and Sustainable Development and the IU Office of Sustainability. Six organizations received a total of $5,000 for work done by volunteers that they helped recruit.

With the 2014 sale on the books, planning is under way for the 2015 H2H, and organizers are looking for new volunteers. To learn more, email h2h@indiana.edu or visit the Hoosier to Hoosier website or its Facebook page.

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