Abigale Troutman, theater performance senior, is planning a garage sale in United Methodist Hall.
It will begin noon March 26.
“It’s the idea of recycling instead of buying new stuff every time,” Troutman said. “At the end of the year, there are those dumpsters, and everyone just throws their stuff away. So why not make a little money and help out some freshmen?”
The garage sale will take place throughout Methodist Hall, outside and inside participating rooms.
Students planning to sell will set up their items either inside their rooms or in the hallways outside their rooms. Residents of Methodist and students from other dorms can attend the event and buy items.
An RA will be stationed at the Methodist front desk from noon to 9 p.m. to let in students who don’t have access to the dorm, check student IDs and give directions to the participating rooms, said Kevin Culbertson, coordinator of housing operations.
The participating rooms will be labeled so students will know where to find sales.
Participating students should keep an eye on their belongings at all times and officials will not be responsible for any management of sales or stolen items, Troutman said.
Housing officials will provide fliers and pricing stickers for residents who plan to sell.
The garage sale’s purpose is to help upperclassmen get rid of unwanted items before they move, Troutman said.
She noticed the abundance of OCU sale Facebook pages where students post pictures and prices of items to sell. Troutman decided to create a dormwide “garage sale” to give students more chances to sell their belongings, she said.
Marae Narvaez, acting sophomore, said she sees the garage sale as a more organized form of the Facebook sale pages.
“We all use that buy/sell/trade page, so this is just an easier and more organized way to do this,” she said. “It’s kind of a come-and-go event, so I guess people will be coming in and out, but we all love cheap stuff, so it seems intriguing.”
Culbertson said this type of event is easy to get approved, and he sees it being successful in the future.
“I think this could be a great opportunity to prevent waste at the end of the school year,” he said.
Culbertson also said there has been some discussion with getting Cokesbury involved in the future, since Methodist and Cokesbury house most of the upperclassman, particularly those graduating seniors who want to get rid of more stuff.
There are guidelines to follow, but the main rule is simply to keep things respectful, Culbertson said.
“The goal is to make this event easy and laid back,” he said.
Troutman said she hopes the event inspires other dorms to host their own “garage sales” in years to come.
For more information, email Troutman at firstname.lastname@example.org or join the Facebook event page, Methodist Hall Garage Sale.
All rules and procedures can be found on the Facebook page along with a Google Doc form to sign up to participate.