Give & Go Presale Thursday

Story posted June 04, 2009

Mini-refrigerators and other appliances, laundry detergent and shampoo, designer duds such as Prada jeans and Ugg boots, even a chicken suit — all up for grabs at this year's Give & Go sale.

The presale for Bowdoin's massive garage sale, will be held Thursday, June 4, 2009, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Fort Andross, in the space that formerly housed the Northern Mattress and Furniture Store between the Flea Market and Cabot Mill Antiques.

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Give & Go in its new Fort Andross location

The presale is for the Bowdoin community and Give & Go volunteers; Bowdoin ID or Give & Go badge is required for admission.

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Sales are by cash or check; cashiers are not set up to handle credit or debit cards.

Organizers say, as in years past, they will hold a portion of some of the more popular items to ensure their availability for Saturday shoppers.

The Give & Go sale, open to the public, is Saturday, June 6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., also at Fort Andross.

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The sale, now in its eighth year, comprises clothing, bikes, housewares — items that students no longer need or don't want to lug back home.

Everything is cleaned and, when necessary, tested to make sure it functions.

Items are then sold at prices well below market value at one of the largest yard sales in the state.

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Net proceeds from the sale are distributed to participating non-profits based on the number of hours they have volunteered for the event.

Since 2002 the sale has distributed more than $193,000 to participating non-profits in the greater Brunswick area.

Unopened food and toiletries are also collected.

Over the years, the sale has donated hundreds of pounds of goods to the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program Food Pantry and plans to continue that tradition this year.

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Non-profit groups participating this year:

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A Paw in the Door
Alzheimers Association
American Legion #171
Beth Israel Congregation
Bowdoin Central School Parent Teacher Club
Brunswick Coastal Rotary
Brunswick Trinidad Sister City Association
Brunswick Venture Crew 789
Cathance River Education Alliance
Coastal Maine Great Dane Rescue
Compassion Center of Midcoast Maine
Daughters of Isabella 508
Eagles Wresting Club
Fairhaven Assembly of God Church
Girl Scout Troop 648
Maine Voc-Tech 10
Merriconeag Waldorf School
Merrymeeting Community Shares
Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program
Pejepscot Historical Society
Saint Mary's Church
Seventh Day Adventist Church
Sweetser
Tedford Shelter
Woolwich Junior Athletics

Give & Go is another example of Bowdoin's commitment to sustainability.

The sale promotes the reuse of viable items and spares them from the landfill — all while helping non-profit organizations in the community.

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