MU hosts seventh annual rummage sale

Saturday, June 1, 2013 | 4:25 p.m. CDT; updated 4:41 p.m. CDT, Saturday, June 1, 2013

COLUMBIA — Artificial Christmas trees, various board games, pet accessories and other treasures helped make up roughly 20 tons of "stuff" at MU's annual rummage sale Saturday morning.

Tiger Treasures, an event in its seventh year, accepts student-donated items to sell to members of the community in order to keep them out of landfills.

Before the event was founded, students would throw out many of the goods, and city workers would spend a lot of time gathering it.

"The city had a lot of overtime collecting it," volunteer coordinator Trina Almond said. "There was not good-quality movement of the stuff."

About 50 volunteers put in a total of more than 600 hours beginning with pick-up, which started when students moved out of their campus housing, according to Almond. This year is Almond's second year volunteering for the rummage sale.

The Sustainability Office at MU partnered with MU Residential Life, the YMCA, the city of Columbia and other organizations to run the event.

"It's usually in the football stadium, so it's hard to tell," MU sustainability coordinator Steve Burdic said when talking about the turnout this year at the MU Surplus Property. "We have a shuttle running from Hearnes parking lot because there was a location change."

Burdic has been a part of Tiger Treasures since its beginning. In past years, the event has been paired with single or multiple non-profit organizations to benefit from the proceeds. This year, the YMCA is the sole beneficiary.

"We like that the Y is a university entity and we kind of get to keep it within the university," Burdic said.

Many of the volunteers are veterans of the sale. Bonnie Gregg volunteered for the third time.

"I saw an email because I work for the university," Gregg said. "I saw the money was going to a good cause, so I decided to volunteer."

Gregg's favorite part is seeing people go away with a lot of wonderful things for a low cost. The items do not go into a landfill and the proceeds benefit charity.

The event was very busy in the first hour and a half, Gregg said. They opened the doors for "early birds" at 6 a.m. and the number of shoppers didn't level out until 7:30 a.m. The event ended at 11 a.m.

Shopper Jill Anderson attended the sale for the first time this year after hearing about it from a friend who helps coordinate it.

"I got here a little late, so all the good items are gone," Anderson said.

Supervising editor is Zachary Matson.

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