That old mattress? Uh, thanks but no thanks

That old mattress? Uh, thanks but no thanks

CHAMPAIGN – Couch? Check. Computer table? Check. Dryer – no way.

The University YMCA's Dump and Run collection season is starting, and Becca Guyette is glad that in the last few years, people are no longer "dumping" unsellable things on the charity sale.

"People are finally getting past the name" Dump and Run, said Guyette, the University Y's director of development.

That means, if you never used that expensive exercise machine, chances are nobody else is going to, either.

Guyette said, "people are learning you can't just dump anything. If we can't sell it, we don't want it."

Things that don't sell include computer monitors, sleeper sofas, large appliances, nonworking electronics, tires, holiday decorations, old media such as videocassettes and mattresses. Only almost-new clothing is accepted.

What does sell?

"Furniture, furniture, furniture. Furniture sells," Guyette said Wednesday. "People will line up around the block for a couch, especially students."

Large furniture is the most efficient revenue source for the volunteer project, she said.

"That's where we get the biggest bang for our buck. We can sell 200 kitchen glasses and make $200, or sell four couches, with a lot less packing."

Guyette said the project helps save the environment by reducing litter and waste.

It saves space in landfills and cuts trash removal costs for certified housing and apartments. Because the Wright Street YMCA is being rehabbed this summer, both May and August collections will be held at the University of Illinois Stock Pavilion, 1402 W. Pennsylvania Ave., U.

"We're getting new plumbing, heating and electrical, having an elevator installed and an external stairwell" among other infrastructure changes at its Wright Street site. Guyette said the YMCA's classic look won't be altered much.

The May collection dates are:

  • May 10 to 12: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • May 13: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • May 14 and 15: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • May 17 to 19: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • May 20: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • May 21: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • May 24 to 28: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The sale itself, also at the Stock Pavilion, is Aug. 21, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Aug. 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There's a $2 admission fee.

The Sunday sale has a $3 bag sale, half-price furniture, and a "free sale" from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

More information is available online.

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