A sea of bicycles, sofas, electronics, small refrigerators, clothing and other items nearly fills a former retail storefront on the city’s east side, awaiting bargain hunters who will arrive early Saturday.
The University of Notre Dame’s annual Old 2 Gold sale will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the old Target storefront near the intersection of McKinley Avenue and Hickory Road.
On Thursday, volunteers were putting the finishing touches on the setup. All the sale items were displayed in neat piles or rows.
It’s the eighth year for Old 2 Gold sale, but the first time it’s being held indoors. The previous sales have been in the Notre Dame Stadium concourse, but the stadium isn’t available this year because of summer renovation work.
All the sale items were donated by Notre Dame students as they were preparing to depart campus this spring. The list of sale items includes almost 600 bicycles priced at $5 to $50 each, 140 mini refrigerators priced at $10 or $20 each, more than 150 tables of clothing sorted by size, books, school supplies, two pool tables and many other items.
“We have twice as many items as last year,” said Amy Coughlin, the university’s director of central and international services, who is coordinating the event.
Tickets to enter the sale will be $5 per person. Tickets will go on sale near the front entrance of the store at 7 a.m. Saturday, and the doors will open at 9 a.m. There will be no “early bird” sale this year.
Sales are cash only and buyers must carry away their purchases Saturday.
All proceeds from the sale are shared among about 40 local charitable and non-profit groups that provide volunteers to set up and run the sale. Last year’s sale raised $52,000, and this year’s is expected to raise more, Coughlin said.
Notre Dame started the annual Old 2 Gold sale in 2005, modeling it after an annual Trash to Treasure sale established at Penn State University.
For more information about the sale, visit: old2gold.nd.edu.
Staff writer Margaret Fosmoe: