Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Make Your Halloween Green!

Halloween is quickly approaching and here at the MSU Surplus Store, we encourage you to have a green and safe Halloween!



DIY costumes:
Costumes will be one of a kind; you could even incorporate your favorite shows characters as your kid’s Halloween costumes. Making your own costumes can help you reuse materials, save money, and make memories with your kids.



Use what you already own:
Those reusable shopping bags, pillow cases, or baskets you have laying around are perfect to collect Halloween candy in during Trick-or-Treating. The $3 pumpkin bucket at the store might seem like a good idea, but why not save money and use your resources when you can?



Arrange a costume swap in your community:
Costume swaps allow fewer resources used to make new costumes. It also means less packaging, less transportation of the product and less waste! This once again can save money and allow items to be reused.



Use those fall items in your composting pile:
Throw those leaves in your compost pile! You can also use your whole pumpkin this Halloween. Save the seeds for roasting as a great snack, use the pulp in pies, soup, or other recipes, and when the holiday is over, use them in your compost!



After the holiday is over, donate your costume to the Surplus Store! Instead of letting it go to waste, let other people reuse those fairy wings or pirate costume. If not, save them to be reused next year, just don’t throw them away. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Bonus Friday Find-its

Good luck! --Joel








Friday Find-it for 5/30/14

Thanks for participating in the final Friday Find-it! This one is a little different from the last, but it promises to be just as fun.

The goal: Find Jabber Jaw in the pictures to win a prize!

Find him in any one (1) picture to earn a special Michigan State University sticker, or find him in any three (3) pictures to get a free cup of Dairy Store ice cream and get a picture with JJ during Public Sale hours on Friday, June 6, before he is retired for good. Here are the full instructions, if you're new to the game or need a reminder.

Entries are due by 6pm on Thursday, June 5. Send us a Facebook message with your submission (or questions). Good luck!

Image 1:
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Image 2:
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Image 3:
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Book and Clothing sales every month!

UPDATED with summer sale days!

Clothing Sales

Tuesday, May 13, 7:30am-5:30pm
Friday, May 16, 7:30am-3:30pm

Tuesday, Jun. 10, 7:30am-5:30pm
Friday, Jun. 13, 7:30am-3:30pm

Tuesday, Jul. 8, 7:30am-5:30pm
Friday, Jul. 11, 7:30am-3:30pm

Tuesday, Aug. 5, 7:30am-5:30pm
Friday, Aug. 8, 7:30am-3:30pm

A special selection of clothes will be prepared near the Customer Pick-Up area (through the bay door) for the prices below on Tuesday, and then reduced prices on Friday. After the Friday sale day, all remaining clothes will be donated to a nonprofit, and a new selection will be prepared for the next month's sale.

T-shirts $.25
Sweaters $.50
Hoodies $2
Skirts $1
Dresses $2
Pants $1
Shoes $1
Coats $3
Blankets $3


Book Sales

Tuesday, May 27, 7:30am-5:30pm
Friday, May 30, 7:30am-3:30pm

Tuesday, Jun. 24, 7:30am-5:30pm
Friday, Jun. 27, 7:30am-3:30pm

Tuesday, Jul 22., 7:30am-5:30pm
Friday, Jul 25., 7:30am-3:30pm

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 7:30am-5:30pm
Friday, Aug. 22, 7:30am-3:30pm

On Tuesdays, a special selection of books will be prepared near the Customer Pick-Up area (through the bay door) for $.50 per book. On Fridays, the same selection will be $.25 per book. After the Friday sale day, all remaining books will recycled, and a new selection will be prepared for the next month's sale.

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Go Green this Move-In


As you or your student is preparing to head back to MSU for the upcoming school year, there are many ways to get ready and be green! Check out our helpful "Green Back to School" tips below, and be sure to follow Be Spartan Green on Facebook and Twitter for more green tips, events and news.

  • Before school supply shopping, check all of last year's supplies to see what you can reuse.
  • Make a shopping list early enough that you have time to think about what you'll really need or use. When you eventually do go shopping, stick to the list.
  • Think big and small. Buying in bulk can save on packaging and costs, while some lesser-used items (like certain foods and art supplies) can go bad before you use them all. 
  • Reusable or refillable pencils, water bottles, lunch boxes, baggies, book covers, and binders will last week after week and year after year. Find ones made from recycled and recyclable material when possible.
  • Printer paper made from recycled materials is increasingly easy to find, and printing on both sides of the page helps reduce paper waste even further. You can use the backs of single-sided documents for scrap paper before recycling them.
  • Used goods or clothes can be just as good as new, and they're usually much cheaper. The Surplus Store has a full selection of furniture, housewares, electronics, clothes, and more.
  • Walk, bike, skate, or bus to and from class, and team up with your roommates or neighbors to take turns carpooling back home on weekends.

Friday, August 02, 2013

Friday Find-it for 8/2/13

It's time for this week's Friday Find-it! We're getting all the items ready for our Vintage Sale on August 13.

Find Jabber Jaw in the picture to win a prize. This week, we're bringing back the Spartan football helmets, and you CAN win again if you got this prize last year!

Here are the full instructions, if you're new to the game or need a reminder.



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Entries are due by 6pm on Tuesday, August 6. Send us a Facebook message with your submission (or questions). Good luck!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday Find-it for 7/26/13

It's time for this week's Friday Find-it!

Find Jabber Jaw in the picture to win a prize. This week is your last chance to earn a Be Spartan Green reusable shopping bag.

Here are the full instructions, if you're new to the game or need a reminder.




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Entries are due by 6pm on Tuesday, July 30. Send us a Facebook message with your submission (or questions). Good luck!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Free books for schools and libraries

The program we introduced last month is fully underway, as we're now offering books for donation to certified public teachers and librarians. Mondays and Thursdays from noon to 3:30pm, a portion of the books are removed from the Sales Floor and are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. There's no limit to the amount you can request, but we will not allow holds, nor will we provide transportation or delivery--all items must be claimed and taken by 3:30pm that day.

We always support reducing waste and reusing everything we can, so this is another opportunity to add extra lives to these books before they're recycled. Bring a valid school or library ID and a brief letter of confirmation on official letterhead to get registered during any of our open hours.