Marshall senior organizes first MU community yard sale

Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – When soon-to-be Marshall University graduate Nathan O’Kane wondered how he was going to dispose of all the things he had accumulated over his years as a student, a light bulb turned on – why not have a yard sale?


And, he reasoned, why not include other members of the Marshall University community who may have items they want to clear out of their apartments,  rooms  or homes?


Now, with the help of Marshall’s Sustainability Department and the Department of Housing and Residence Life, the first MU community yard sale will take place on Marshall’s Huntington  campus Saturday, April 20.


The event will run from 11 a .m. to 2 p.m. between Cam Henderson Center and the Brian David Fox Tennis Courts, next to the first-year  residence  halls.  In case of rain, the sale will be moved into the gym of nearby  Gullickson Hall.   The public is invited to attend and purchase items up for sale by students, faculty and staff.


O’Kane expects a variety of goods will be available, such as electronics, clothing, furniture and personal items.   Nothing will go to waste, he emphasizes, because local charities will be on hand to pick up any leftover items once the sale is over.


Goodwill Industries will accept clothing, ReStore of  Habitat for Humanity will take furniture and electronics, and the Huntington Food Bank will take any non-perishable food items.  Each seller will have a table to display their goods.  For those who cannot be present at the event, but want to participate, items can be donated to a Habitat for Humanity booth to be sold with all profits going to  Habitat.


Free parking is available at the Joan C. Edwards football stadium.  There will be some temporary loading zones set up behind Twin Towers residence hall in case large items need to be loaded.   As an added convenience, two tellers from Fifth Third Bank in Huntington will be on hand to make change for customers.


O’Kane, a senior engineering student from Virginia, hopes the sale will become an annual event.


“It limits the amount of waste and helps students recoup some of their investment,” he said.  “So far with faculty and staff included we have 48 registered sellers.  The benefit of the charities at the event is that all leftover items can be donated  if  the owners no longer want them or the hassle of taking unsold items with them.


“The Sustainability and Residence Life departments have been great to work with and I’ve had a terrific team who helped put this together,” O’Kane said.


Since the event is free and a boon for bargain hunters,  O’Kane said,  “The sale is a win for students, faculty and staff, a win for the community and a win for the environment.”

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