Twice as Nice: Students Repurpose Household Goods with ‘Scripps Scrapps’ Initiative
CLAREMONT, California - August 27, 2019
As stores around the country advertise back-to-college
shopping events, Scripps students know that the best deals are to be found
right on campus.
Now in its second year, the annual “Scripps Scrapps” event
(think: campus-wide yard sale) boasts goods for students to outfit their
residence halls and themselves. The shop opens for first-year students on
Wednesday, August 28, at 8:00 a.m., with the rest of the student community invited
to shop on Sunday, September 1, from 9:00 a.m until noon.
“First-year students, especially, spend so much money on
hangers, storage drawers, and décor, buying things that we have at Scripps
Scrapps for a fraction of the price,” says Anne Shalamoff ’20, an environmental
analysis major who has been working for the initiative since her sophomore
Scripps Scrapps gets its inventory after finals week the
previous spring, when students start clearing out the residence halls to return
home. What they leave behind—everything from furniture to twinkle lights to
clothes to mini refrigerators—could fill a department store. A dedicated group
of student workers, whose wages are paid by the previous years’ profits, reclaims
salvageable items that will be stored over the summer and sold at the start of
the fall semester.
During its pilot year, the program
estimates that the sale diverted three and a half to four tons of
consumer goods from landfills. Items not sold are donated to Goodwill,
Crossroads (which provide housing, education, support, counseling, and
employment training for women who have been incarcerated), and House of Ruth
(which provides support services to victims of domestic violence).
“I came to a liberal arts college to study environmental
analysis because of its interdisciplinary approach—I get to learn about the
environment from the perspectives of science, history, politics, and
economics,” says Shalamoff. “Scripps Scrapps is just another way to think about
how we consume and reuse goods and then make a change for the better.”