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College thrift

Rebecca Levandowski, an intern with the University of Montana office of sustainability and organizer of this year’s college thrift sale, sorts through a mound of clothing items donated by departing students for the sale. The one-day thrift sale, a fundraiser for the campus sustainability projects, is Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Schreiber Gym and includes a wide variety of goods that otherwise would have gone to waste.

Looking for a cut rate deal?

Head to Schreiber Gym at the University of Montana from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 19, for the campus thrift sale offering everything from mini fridges, folding chairs and bean bags to jackets, plates and bowls.

"They're yard sale prices," said Eva Rocke, sustainability coordinator at UM.

This year is the second for the sale, started last year to support sustainability on campus. At least 200 people shopped in 2015, and the event took in an estimated $2,400, split among several groups on campus that work on sustainability efforts, Rocke said.

Rocke said coordinators have improved on the event based on lessons learned in its first year. This year, they brought on more volunteers, and they were able to anticipate the types of items they’d put up for sale from student housing.

Other goods include small appliances such as coffee makers and toasters as well as toys. If you've ever coveted a chair that's shaped like a bowl, you're sure to find one at the thrift sale.

Rocke suggested shoppers use the entrance from Campus Drive against Mount Sentinel and come in the east side of the building. The entrance has a metal ramp that makes loading larger items easier.

She said organizers used Salvation Army guidelines for prices so they are sure to be in the thrifty range.

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