Lightly-used items get new life at clothing sale

by | Nov 15, 2018 | Life

Sydnee Walcott
Life Reporter

Lulu Gulam, in the front, and Clarisse Estebar, in the back, were volunteers who helped out with the event. (Sydnee Walcott)

Items that were lost will now have a new place to call home.

During the semester, students sometimes lose items — which can range from pencil cases, water bottles, USBs, keychains, jackets and even chargers for electrical devices.

Instead of throwing them out, Humber decided to give these items a second chance and sell them at their third annual White Elephant Sale.

The sale was held at the Lakeshore Campus on Oct. 31.

The White Elephant Sale is a collection of used items being sold, often as a fundraiser for a cause. Items that weren’t sold during the sale will be given to the United Way as part of the United Way fundraising campaign.

The term “white elephant” is based on the legend of the King of Siam, who gifted rare albino elephants to courtiers who had displeased him.

The white elephant was an extravagant, but burdensome, gift that could not be easily disposed of even though the owner might be ruined by upkeep costs.

“It’s really sustainable because we’re re-using things that we already have,” said Seeret Samra, the event coordinator and the community liaison at Humber College.

Samra said the items will be sold to students on a pay-what-they-can basis. Small items such as pencil cases and water bottles, were sold for a dollar or two, while items such as chargers were sold for up to $20.

The White Elephant sale takes place twice a year, once per semester and usually raises around $250 to $300.