EcoReps "Dorm Resale" a Success

Posted on October 5, 2017

by Somi Jun '20

The day before classes began, students bought used furniture, mirrors, bins, school supplies, and more at the inaugural EcoReps Greening Move-in Dorm Resale.

student dorm sale Students shopping at the Dorm Resale

The items were originally captured during Move Out last spring. The sale not only reduced waste, but saved students money on dorm furnishings. Every spring, Princeton students leave trucks worth of possessions behind, often unwilling to pay for summer storage or transport. The EcoReps and the Office of Sustainability piloted a program last year to collect these items and other donations to resell at affordable prices, saving material that would otherwise be sent to a landfill.

couch and table Furniture available for purchase at the Resale

The EcoReps sold these heavily discounted items from 1-5pm on Frist Campus South Lawn. The sale opened an hour early for Princeton students from the Freshman Scholars Institute (FSI) and the Princeton Hidden Minority Council (PHMC).

“A common benefit of reuse projects is being able to provide great items at little to no cost, which can be especially valuable for students who might have more difficulty procuring those items at full cost,” said Amber Lin ‘19, who was the primary student organizer for the resale.

students with items Students with their purchases

Nearly every item for sale was sold or given away for free by 5pm. The Move-in Dorm Resale earned $1,464, which covered the costs of the truck, storage units, and student pay. 

The success of the Dorm Resale indicates high interest from students to purchase reasonably priced dorm items at the beginning of the year. There is room for improvement in the organization of the sale and opportunity for the university to support the resale on a larger scale.

“The sale was wildly successful,” Lin said. “Our goal for next year will be to greatly expand our capacity and increase efficiency in organization, and really optimize how low we can make prices to still break even.”