CSU forgoes big tent sale of 'left behind' dorm resident belongings, will give items to charity

Posted at 3:48 PM, May 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-07 21:47:11-04

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- For 20 years, Colorado State University has been collecting unwanted clothing, electronics, bedding, dorm fridges and other items left behind by students moving out of the dorms.

The items were sold at a big tent sale, with the proceeds going to the eco-leaders program.

But the tent sale became too unwieldy.

"We had more than 55,000 pounds of material left behind by students last year," said Tonie Miyamoto, director of communications and sustainability at CSU's Housing and Dining Services. "It exceeded CSU Surplus's capacity."

Surplus Property Manager Jake Drenth told Denver7 that the sale was becoming a safety issue.

"There were so many people attending the sale, we had to close the street down," he said.

This year, there will be no sale.

Instead, CSU is teaming up with Homeless Gear to collect the items and give them away to 48 nonprofits who will then give them to people who need them.