From trash to treasure

Students looking for practical dorm room staples this fall, such as mirrors, bed risers and storage units,  have an alternative to shelling out dough at the nearest retail store. In fact, their fellow Huskies may have already donated the goods they seek.

During move-out last spring, students donated choice items—shelving , vacuum cleaners and North Face jackets, to name a few—through the student-run Trash2Treasure program. These gently used items were stored over the summer and will be sold back to students on Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Curry Student Center Ballroom.

Trash2Treasure prides itself on collecting and reusing perfectly good dorm room goodies that may have otherwise been tossed in the garbage, said program director Jessica Feldish.

“You can really reuse these kinds of items,” she added.

All the money raised from the sale in September will be donated to Alternatives for Community and Environment, a local charity that works with youth to combat environmental injustice.

In fall 2010, Trash2Treasure donated $5,000 to the local group, but student leaders hope to eclipse that total with this fall’s sale, which will have the help of staff members from Northeastern’s facilities department.

“We wanted to emphasize to Northeastern students that they are part of their surrounding community,” Feldish said.

For more information about Trash2Treasure and this fall’s sale, contact Jessica Feldish at