CAMDEN, NJ—The Cooper Grant Neighborhood Association, along with Rutgers University—Camden, will be holding a neighborhood-wide yard sale on one of the university’s busiest weekends.
From 8 a.m. to noon on April 27, community members, Rutgers—Camden students and campus visitors can peruse items both neighborhood residents and students put up for sale along with 2nd and Penn streets to Linden Street, Front Street and Point Street.
Cooper Grant Neighborhood Association President Jonathan Latko said the yard sale will hopefully offer an opportunity for students to sell some of their unwanted belongings as they get ready to move out, while at the same time providing an opportunity for a neighborhood that hasn’t had a yard sale in recent years.
Latko, who has worked for Temple University in Philadelphia for over 20 years, said its a common problem for neighborhoods that share common spaces with universities to become inundated with trash as students move out of their apartments at the end of the year.
“The end of the semester comes, the students are ready to move out, they have to empty their apartment and they literally just open their door, throw everything out the window, pile it on the street, and wait for the trashmen to come clean it up,” Latko said, citing his experience working for Temple, located in Northern Philadelphia. “It’s not put out properly, it's not in bags, the trashmen doesn’t take it and then it blows all over the place and creates a mess.”
And while Latko said that the situation in Cooper Grant hasn’t reached that point yet, Rutgers—Camden students are beginning to move into apartments further and further away from the campus.
“So we pitched Rutgers—Camden the idea of, hey let’s try to sell some stuff. You know the end of the year is coming — let’s unify with the community who hasn’t had a yard sale in some time and has stuff to sell and figure out if we can do something positive.”
The neighborhood association has been working with the Rutgers—Camden Office of Civic Engagement and Rutgers Community Ambassadors to not only spread the word about the sale, but to also encourage students and community group, to be a part of the sale, and think about how they reduce waste when they move out.
“We want to minimize our waste,” said university spokesperson Michael Sepanic. “That’s a win for everybody all around.”
There will be plenty of people on campus to shop at the yard sale that Saturday. Rutgers—Camden will also be holding its annual Comic-Con event, along with the university’s flagship welcoming event. Rutgers Day, that provides free programming for visitors to explore its three campuses. Sepanic said that campus expects to attract 5,000 visitors that day.
Latko said that in addition to the sale, the Rutgers Community Ambassadors will hold a community clean up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will also help clean up anything left over from the day’s sale.
There is no rain date scheduled.