For the 12th year, the University of Notre Dame will hold the Old2Gold sale, a “yard sale” of student donations that supports local charitable organizations. Old2Gold will take place on June 11 (Saturday) at the St. Joseph County 4-H Fairgrounds, 5117 Ironwood Road, South Bend. Typically held at Notre Dame Stadium, Old2Gold will take place again this year at the fairgrounds due to ongoing construction surrounding the stadium.
Proceeds from the sale will benefit 29 local nonprofit organizations whose volunteers help to manage the logistics of the sale. The University has increased the total of partner agencies this year to include eight additional organizations.
According to Marty Ogren, associate director of warehousing, delivery and transportation, the sale is a winning combination for all involved. “Old2Gold is a great partnership between Notre Dame and community,” Ogren said. “Students and their families donate items knowing that they’re supporting good causes. Local residents get great bargains on bicycles, refrigerators, furniture, clothing and more, while local organizations share the money raised from the sale.”
The 2015 sale raised $36,568 for the 21 local community service organizations that operated the event. Old2Gold is also one of the University’s most significant sustainability efforts. Each year, thousands of pounds of donations that are sold at the sale avoid being discarded at the landfill.
This year’s event, which will include items for sale from the Notre Dame Catalog Store, features free parking at the fairgrounds. The parking lot will open at 4 a.m. on the day of the sale. Overnight parking is not available in the fairgrounds parking lots, and attendees are discouraged from parking on nearby streets before the parking lot opens.
Admission fee to the sale is $5 per person. Children 6 and younger are admitted free. Ticket sales begin at 6 a.m. The sale runs from 7 to 10 a.m., and is a cash-only sale.