Every year, thousands of Princeton undergrads finish their exams, pack their suitcases, and head off for three months of business internships in NYC, non-profit volunteering in rural America, or around-the-world vacations.
And every year, in the flurry of last-minute packing, they throw away thousands of dollars worth of clothing, textbooks, school supplies, and other usuable items. The three days of Princeton Move-Out presents a veritable treasure trove for any veteran bargain shopper!
Along with Ari Frost (Pton ’09), my tour guide and fellow scavenger, we sifted through the trash bags left in the halls, unearthing bags of goodies in the process.
This year’s haul included:
– $400 worth of textbooks (not bad, considering Labyrinth Books only bought back about 25% of the books we found)
– a new iPod shuffle, and a set of iPod speakers (missing the remote, but otherwise functional)
– a North Face rain jacket with $13 in the pocket, JCrew shorts, ski gloves, Nike technical long sleeve, etc
– another marathon finishers tshirt (the second year in a row! If you finished a marathon, WHY would you throw it away?)
– a Patagonia down jacket (online price: $425).
– lots of other fun stuff, like school supplies, computer cases, Halloween costumes, unused train tickets, etc etc.
– and the grand prize: a new MacBook, complete with all the cords and computer case, in a box with a digital camera and an ipod. However, in this case, I think it had been forgotten, not abandoned (honestly??! who forgets their computer?) So I turned it in to Princeton Public Safety.
All in all, not a bad year!
The only downside to this otherwise awesome activity: Textbooks are heavy! I was more sweaty and sore from two days of lugging suitcases of books to Labyrinth than I was after the team’s new weight circuit. 🙂