Carleton to Host Ninth Annual “Lighten-Up” Garage Sale

Jun 18 2009 8:00 am
Jun 19 2009 7:00 pm

lighten up!Carleton’s Ninth Annual "Lighten-Up" Garage Sale will take place in the West Gym on Thursday, June 18 and Friday, June 19 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (with a bag sale beginning at noon on the second day of the sale). This popular event, sponsored by Acting in the Community Together (ACT), the College’s center for community service and civic engagement, is open to the public.

Volunteers from ACT and other benefiting organizations will run the sale, with all proceeds going to Project Friendship, Northfield Area Special Olympics, and the Northfield Union of Youth (The Key). Last year’s garage sale featured over 75,000 items and raised over $15,000 for local non-profit organizations.

The garage sale will offer clothing, linens, books, electronics, furniture, kitchenware, sports equipment, and other miscellaneous items donated by Carleton students following their dorm room clean-ups. This year students are also encouraged to donate unopened non-perishable foods, to be donated directly to the Northfield Area Food Shelf.

“There’s absolutely something for everyone,” says ACT assistant director Amber Cameron. Adds ACT director Laura Riehle-Merrill, “It’s a very popular annual event. The proceeds provide essential funds for community non-profits and the event also serves as an excellent lesson in ‘green’ living!”

The West Gym is located on the Carleton campus off Highway 19 East in Northfield. Ample parking is available in the Carleton College Stadium parking lot. For more information and disability accommodations, call Carleton’s ACT Center at (507) 222-7019 or visit