MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — It’s donation time for the 2024 Blue and Gold Mine Sale. The “rummage sale” repurposes household items for new owners, and the proceeds benefit local non-profits.

The event is hosted by the WVU Office of Sustainability and the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties. Marissa Earle is the graduate assistant in charge, helping to organize the event.

“The profits we make go to this year’s campaign,” Earle said. “It’s one of the first events for the campaign.”

Earle said they are looking for purses, bags, luggage, shoes, clothing, home decor, kitchen items, exercise equipment, furniture, and anything else in reasonably good condition that the current owner would like to pass on.

“We’re collecting a little bit of everything, and we have already received a lot from college students moving out of their dorms and apartment complexes,” Earle said. “And we’ve also received items from families in the area.”

The goal of the sale is to raise about $1.2 million, which will support the missions of more than 20 non-profits serving a wide variety of needs in the two-county area.

“The organizations support anything from child care to food insecurity to veteran health and anything in the community, helping the public and serving those in need,” Earle said.

Earle said in addition to donating items for sale, they are also looking for people willing to donate their time on the day of the sale, May 11.

“We’re still looking for volunteers and will be up until the day of the sale,” Earle said. “If anyone would like to volunteer, just reach out to our United Way of Monongalia and Preston County offices at 304-296-7525.”

On May 11, early birds can participate before the crowd from 7 to 9 a.m. for a $5 fee. General admission is free and runs from 9 a.m. to noon, when the sale will close temporarily. The sale reopens from 4 to 6 p.m., with all stock discounted by 50 percent. Also included in the event is the $25 “fill-a-bag” sale.

Items will be accepted through May 8 at the following locations:
– All WVU Residence Halls (Student Use)
– Chateau Royale
– Top of Falling Run Rd
– Area 81- Mountaineer Station Parking Lot
– Grant Avenue near Summit Hall
– College Park Apartments Willey Street Entrance