Tables on top of tables, a room full of chairs. Framed photographs stacked on a rack with $5 price tags. File cabinets. Hotel dressers. Chairs. Residence hall dressers. Bookshelves. More chairs. Computer carts. End tables. Still more chairs.
There’s a sale going on.
University of Virginia Facilities Management’s ReUse Store, located at 500 Edgemont Road, is the depot for University surplus, where UVA departments can go to get furniture, lamps, odds, ends and other items. But the store will also offer Friday surplus sales for members of the general public on May 3, 10 and 31, and June 7, 14, 21 and 28.
“We’re going to be getting in a lot of furniture from the residence halls,” said Glenn Shifflett, ReUse Store program coordinator. “We will have wardrobes, chairs, desks, dressers, night tables. And the public can pick these items up for the prices marked.”
The ReUse Store is part of the University’s recycling efforts, taking in surplus items from the University and the Medical Center. The store is open to representatives of University departments on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; all items are free of charge for official University use. Available items are listed on the The ReUse Store website.
Shifflett said the store has been open for about a year, and while his primary customers are other University departments, he also turns items over to local schools and charities such as Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity.
“We work with University departments first, then public sales and charity groups,” Shifflett said. “Our main goal is to provide furniture for those who need it and keep it out of the landfill. So far, we have diverted about 1.2 million pounds of material from the landfill.”
While a lot of what Shifflett gets at the store are everyday items, he said that the store has gotten some unusual pieces, such as an array of posters with a display rack, a “Kelly Tires” sign that came from the Birdwood Golf Course, plaster capitals from the Rotunda’s Dome Room, boats from the Eastern Shore, generators and large air conditioning units. He said many of the large items he receives are listed on the GovDeals surplus website.
While the store is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, department representatives may be able to make appointments on those days, Shifflett said.