Free market frenzy

Heather Bryant / Sun Star Reporter
Oct. 4, 2011

Students filled the Wood Center on Oct. 1, 2011 for the first ever student-only free market. The market was geared towards winter clothing and gear, however, donors brought in clothes, outdoor equipment and housing goods. All leftover goods were donated to Closet Connections, a non-profit that delivers goods to Value Village. Event coordinators said the event was a success and are looking for way to expand the next one hosted. Heather Bryant/Sun Star

Students filled the Wood Center on Oct. 1, 2011 for the first ever student-only free market. The market was geared towards winter clothing and gear, however, donors brought in clothes, outdoor equipment and housing goods. All leftover goods were donated to Closet Connections, a non-profit that delivers goods to Value Village. Event coordinators said the event was a success and are looking for way to expand the next one hosted. Heather Bryant/Sun Star

On Saturday, Oct.1 hundreds of students streamed through the Wood Center doors for the Winter Warm-up, the first student-only free market.

Students were already waiting outside when the event opened at 10 a.m.

“About 50 students were waiting to get in the doors,” said Lydia Anderson, director of the Wood Center and one of the event’s coordinators.

Approximately 200 students came to pick up free goods donated to the event. The coordinators are going to look into expanding the event and hosting it again, Anderson said.

Racks and tables were filled with clothes and goods for students to choose from. The market focused on winter clothing and coats, but a variety of items were available.

“It’s pretty cool,” said Jonathan Shurtz, 24, a fisheries senior. “I got some kale,” Shurtz said, holding up a big bag with green leaves sticking out of the top.

People affiliated with UAF donated most of the goods, and items were still being dropped off after the event started. Approximately 20 volunteers, primarily from the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity and the LIVE office, organized goods and helped students.

“We’re taking care of our own,” said Michelle Bartlett, director of Summer Sessions. Bartlett helped plan the event.

“It’s awesome, to be honest,” said Ashley Morris, 21, a sophomore in the paralegal program who was picking out items. “Not a lot of people have winter gear or can afford it.”

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  1. Nancy says:

    is there a 2016 winter warm up? have items to donate.

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