The event will be at various locations in Bloomington this weekend and will include resale and discounted items.
Jacqui Bauerajs, sustainability coordinator for the City of Bloomington’s Department of Economic and Sustainable Development, said the Resale Trail is an effort to encourage people to reuse older items instead of throwing them away.
“We don’t want to just perpetuate that system,” she said.
The Resale Trail selection is comparable to a department store like Target, Bauer said. The rummage sales and resale shops offer everything from furniture to clothes to storage containers.
“We ask everybody that participates to either hold a special event or have a special sale that isn’t usually available,” she said.
Hoosier to Hoosier, a program that recycles and resells items left by students after they move out at the end of the school year, is the linchpin of the Resale Trail and is sponsored by the IU Office of Sustainability. Organizers on the program’s website say to look out for home goods and furniture, but clothing is also a big seller.
There’s an early bird entrance fee of $10 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, after which admission to Hoosier to Hoosier is free. Admission is free all day Sunday.
The two-day event provides visitors the opportunity to shop throughout the weekend, with hours from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in the Warehouse located on Rogers Street.
Hoosier to Hoosier is not the only opportunity for students to score cheap housing items this weekend. Proceeds from Habitat ReStore’s sales go to fund Habitat for Humanity of Monroe ?County.
According to the store’s website, they primarily sell furniture, appliances and building materials. ReStore’s Patio Sale will be open for the resale trail 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at 2450 S. Henderson St.
BloomingLabs, which provides space for locals to collaborate on projects with electronics and computers, will have an open house and flea market to show off members’ projects, open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 1803 S. Rogers St.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is also having a summer rummage sale Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 809 N. ?College Ave.
IU Surplus Stores will also have extra sales from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 2931 E. 10th St.
The City of Bloomington’s Parks and Recreation Department is also sponsoring the annual Junk in the Trunk event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Frank Southern Ice Arena on 2100 S. ?Henderson St.
Admission is free and visitors can expect to find clothing, furniture and home goods from more than 40 vendors.
In addition to these retail events, multiple homes in the Westside Neighborhood Association will have garage sales during the resale trail.
According to the Resale Trail Facebook page, all of the garage sales will be located within the boundaries of Adams and Rogers streets and Ninth Street and Kirkwood Avenue.
“We encourage people to come and make a day of it to get the community to think about buying used instead of buying new,” Bauer said.