Final exams are over, summer road trips are planned, but the best part of the end of the school year? Free stuff. Free whiskey, free swiffers, free furniture and office supplies. Whatever didn’t fit in the luggage went into the trash. Plentiful, beautiful trash.
Open and partially used? For things like laundry detergent, cleaning products, why not? Seven years ago to this day, this was a dumpster diving time of year for me. I used to put off buying furniture, just to see what would be left out at the end of May. Literally, the the hipsters and art students would dive into the dumpsters behind the dorms at night, and make off with some great finds strapped onto their bicycles. Mirrors, floor lamps, it was like Bed Bath and Beyond vomited in the alley.
How things have changed. Today I saw smiling people in uniforms, collecting large appliances and neatly stacking them into a clean trailer. I looked longingly at a black leather executive chair that would have looked so sexy in my room.
So what the heck are you, Penn Moves? And why do you c*ck-block me so?
For those of you who don’t know, Penn moves was installed 5 years ago. All of the “wasteful” dumping of nearly brand new goods gets collected, and on June 2nd, there’s a public sale of sorts at Penn’s Landing where you can buy back these goods via Good Will with an entry fee of $5. This year it will be held on Saturday, June 2nd. What a load of crap. http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/news/pennmoves-sale-will-be-held-saturday-june-2
How did Penn Moves come about? With so many wealthy international students, and students from across the country, many cannot bring their dorm room furniture home with them. It just isn’t worth the effort or money. I had a roommate once who left behind a brand new laser color printer, and two cases of Columbian wine. This is not unique to Penn. My best find was a Crate and Barrel Lamp from a Korean student, left in the trash room in a luxury apartment on Cornell’s campus. Heck, I’ve even re-gifted trash treasures, with full disclosure of course. My friend in San Francisco still has the rug that had been left behind in my dormitory floor. Looks great in the living room of a refined scientist and barrister.
Who exactly benefits from Good Will? If you have a personal experience with Good Will, do share. I really want to know how it’s okay to sell things that used to be free. Many of the poor college students, local West Philadelphia hipsters, and definitely those U of Arts characters of the night are hurting because of this organized collection and resale of trash. Penn, I thought you cared about the locals? As a result of Penn Moves, all that I could scrounge up this year was an opened but nearly full bottle of Sriracha (Vietnamese hot sauce). I’ll take it.