High end items priced to move.
The lines started forming late Friday night for Notre Dame’s Old2Gold sale where lots of people couldn’t wait to score some deep discounts.
From more than 600 bicycles to dainty designer purses, comfy couches to that ‘gotta have’ stereo, there was plenty to go around at the 8th annual Old2Gold sale.
“We got a nice big TV. Me and my roommate have been trying to look for one,” said Mike Loudereck. “It was 30 bucks, and you’re not going to find one as cheap as that.”
Cheap because many of the items were either donated or left behind by Notre Dame students, making this the biggest garage sale South Bend sees all year.
For 50 bucks, some shopaholics left with a futon and a brand new refrigerator. “This is awesome, well worth the wait,” said Loudereck.
It was bargain shopping at its best. Organizers say the amount of items doubled this year. On Saturday, they were expecting to make around $60,000, and all the money goes right back in to the community.
“We have about 40 local non-profit agencies that work to help us set up the sale, and the money goes back to those agencies based on the volunteer hours each of their members contribute,” said Old2Gold Director Amy Coughlin.
While some women fulfilled their weekend retail therapy bug, others were there for more practical reasons.
“I need a new bike. My bike was getting small,” said Michael Chupp, who bought one for $40. The retail price of a new one is close to $1,000. “This is a Mongoose. It’s one of the best bikes you can probably get.”
And like Chupp, many left the sale with the satisfaction knowing they not only saved some money, but they also helped out a great cause.
The Old2Gold is usually at Notre Dame Stadium, but because of construction there, organizers had to move it to the old Steve & Barry store across from the Town & Country plaza off Hickory and McKinley this year.