Tiger Treasures collects 18 tons for Saturday's rummage sale

Friday, May 29, 2009 | 3:26 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — This Saturday, you won’t have to dumpster-dive to get your hands on some good deals.

The third annual Tiger Treasures rummage sale can be your one-stop shop for recently discarded miniature refrigerators, T-shirts and shower caddies.

The Salvation Army-sponsored sale will run from 6 a.m. to noon Saturday on the east side of MU's Memorial Stadium. All proceeds will benefit Meals on Wheels, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri, the Salvation Army and the Voluntary Action Center.

Tiger Treasures will include items such as clothing, appliances, linens and carpeting collected from MU's residence halls, fraternities and sororities. Entrance to the sale from 6 to 7 a.m. will cost $5 and will be free from 7 a.m. to noon.

Denise Gilmore, volunteer coordinator, said a team of more than 100 volunteers  worked over the past two weeks to empty collection bins and sort and price items for the sale. An additional 100 volunteers are expected to help run the sale.

Gilmore said most items are in good condition and will be priced by quality and size.

"A lot of the stuff we have is brand new, stuff still in the original plastic," Gilmore said. "Anything that wasn't in good condition we already got rid of."

Gilmore said items such as sheet sets and bedding could go from $1 to $10, a significant price decrease from what can be found in stores.

MU sustainability coordinator Steve Burdic said the Salvation Army collected 18 tons, or about 200 collection bins, for this year’s sale, up from 17 tons last year. The sale raised $14,000 last year from about 2,500 people who attended, he said.

Burdic said the sale is modeled after similar programs at Notre Dame and Penn State.

“For years, we looked at the trash that came from residence halls, and we decided we wanted to do something with it,” he said.

Any items not sold at Tiger Treasures go back to the Salvation Army thrift store. Stained or less desirable clothes and linens will be bulk recycled for money, Gilmore said.

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