Major changes are in store for the University’s 2012 Old2Gold sale, which will take place from 9 a.m. to noon June 16 (Saturday).
Because of construction at Notre Dame Stadium, the sale will be held off-campus at the old Target/Steve & Barry’s store near the intersection of McKinley Avenue and Hickory Road on the east side of South Bend, across from the Town & Country shopping center. This is the first year since the annual event began in 2004 that it has not been held in the stadium.
Early-bird shoppers will note a change in the hours as well. Amy Coughlin, director of administrative services, says organizers sought feedback from volunteers and shoppers, who agreed that set hours for the sale would make the experience easier. This year the coordinators decided to forgo early-bird hours. Shoppers will not be let into the store until 9 a.m. However, general admission tickets will go on sale at 7 a.m.
A flat $5 admission fee will be charged this year to all shoppers. Proceeds from the sale benefit local organizations that volunteer their time and talent to help set up and run the event. Last year, Coughlin says, the sale raised more than $50,000 to distribute among the organizations. The coordinators are not accepting any new groups this year.
“It’s honestly a wonderful partnership the University has with the community,” Coughlin says. “The organizations work with us very hard to make sure it goes smoothly, and it’s a great way to keep all the items students leave behind out of a landfill.”
Every year, organizers collect items donated by students at the end of the school year to include in the sale. Popular items include bicycles, clothing, electronics and housewares. Coughlin says the coordinators are using the space provided by the former Target building to their advantage by setting up signage, tables and shelving that will make the different areas easier to find than they were in the stadium, which is more compartmentalized.
The sale is open to the public. Only cash is accepted, and buyers must be able to carry and transport all items. For more information, visit old2gold.nd.edu, which will be updated with pictures and descriptions of items that will be available at the event.