Marketing and Communications

reStore helps save money and the planet

This story was authored by Alex Alusheff and was originally published in the Feb. 8, 2012 issue of The BG News.

Going "green" might not always be considered cheap, but neither is the life of a college student.

One store on the BGSU campus, however, combines both cost efficiency and green initiatives.

reStore, a non-profit thrift store located in the Compton-Darrow side of the Kreischer Sundial, embodies the phrase "reduce, reuse and recycle" while still satisfying a student's need to shop, said Nick Hennessy, the University's sustainability coordinator.

Unlike most thrift stores, reStore offers more than good deals on clothes and movies; it also gives out free office supplies, including pencils, notebooks and binders, Hennessy said. The concept was inspired by similar stores on other college campuses.

"Students like [reStore] because it gives them the opportunity to shop at little or no cost," Hennessy said.

Everything in the store is either gently used or brand new, he said.

Students can bring in items they aren't using to trade in for something they need, Hennessy said. Residence halls donate a significant portion of reStore's inventory as well.

Student reStore volunteers agree the barter-and-trade system attracts students.
"What brings people here is the fact that we're all poor college kids and you don't need money to shop here," said junior Molly Pottkotter, a reStore volunteer.

Students shoppers also said they favor the bartering system.

Freshman Courtney Sullivan said she traded her old T-shirt for another shirt.
It's nice when students don't have to use their own money to get new things, she said.

Sophomore Laura Sprauer said she traded a shirt and shampoo for a Scattergories game.

"The store has a little bit of everything," Sprauer said. "One man's trash is another man's treasure."

Even if students have nothing to trade, they can still offer a donation on items, Hennessey said.

Some current items of interest in the store are films such as “Twilight.”

The store continually looks to improve its inventory in order to entice more customers, said junior Andrew Myers, an intern who coordinates reStore marketing and manages and trains the employees

Students can also request items not found at the store, Hennessy said.

When the reStore debuted last spring, it operated three days a week; now it is open five days a week with extended hours, Myers said.

So next time you have a shopping list, think about reStore where you can save money and help the planet.

Second floor of Kreisher outside the Compton-Darrow side of the Sundial.

Hours of Operation:
Monday 11:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday 1:00 – 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Friday 11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed during summer semester

Visit the sustainability website for more information.