Story posted June 07, 2010
TVs, mini-refrigerators and other appliances, laundry detergent and office supplies, and high-end goods such as designer clothing and shoes are up for grabs at the annual Give & Go sale Saturday, June 12, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Fort Andross. The sale is open to the public.
Sales are by cash or check; cashiers are not set up to handle credit or debit cards.
The sale, now in its ninth 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.
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 $235,000 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.
Non-profit groups participating this year:
A Paw in the Door
Altrusa International Pejepscot
American Legion #171
Beth Israel Congregation
Bowdoin Central School PTA
Boy Scout #648
Brunswick Coastal Rotary
Brunswick Elks Club
Brunswick-Trinidad Sister City Assoc.
Brunswick Venture Crew 789
Cathance River Education Alliance
Coastal Maine Great Dane Rescue
Compassion Center of Mid-Coast Maine
Daughters of Isabella 508
Eagles Wrestling Club
Habitat for Humanity
Girl Scouts Troop 2208
Maine Voc-Tech 10
Merrymeeting Community Shares
Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program
Odyssey of the Mind-Bath
Pejepscot Historical Society
Saint Mary's Church
Seventh Day Adventist Church
Woolwich Jr. 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.