Aug. 21, 2012. The 12th annual BIG Sale at Appalachian State University diverted 72 tons of material from the landfill and raised $21,690.62 for local organizations through the sale of used goods Saturday, Aug. 18.
Hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members turned out for this year’s event at Legends, which sells at low prices gently used carpets, couches, TVs, clothes and other items salvaged from residence halls during the Don’t Throw it Away! initiative at the end of spring semester.
The proceeds of Saturday’s sale will benefit two local organizations: The Children’s Playhouse and a partnership between Hospitality House and NC AIRE that provides energy efficiency mini-grants. They also will support an international service-learning scholarship for Appalachian students.
“The BIG Sale is a green program from start to finish, coordinated by our very own Mountaineers,” said Kate A. Johnson, associate director for community service. “A big thank you goes to the hundreds of volunteers and shoppers who made this year’s Don’t Throw it Away collections and The BIG Sale a huge success.”
The BIG Sale is sponsored each year by Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT), the university’s volunteer clearinghouse.