Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

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Two words that can make my pulse race: Yard sale. (Häagen-Dazs is one word, right?)

There is nothing like the thrill of the hunt for a bargain. This year, I got that thrill right here on campus in the Clark Recreation Center at the annual Wheaton-sponsored community yard sale.

The annual trek home by students means making decisions about what will be packed up and schlepped back and what will be left behind to be tossed into the trash. (When the car is brimming with stuff, suddenly there is not one inch left for those red glitter-covered stilettos that now seem so last year.) Instead of letting perfectly good items go to waste and eventually end up in landfills, the Wheaton community collects them, holds a yard sale, and donates the money to local charities. [Read more...]