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Packing up and cleaning up? Here are some tips

Students can drop off unwanted household items at MacGillivray-Brown Hall on April 30, May 1 and May 2.

With exams almost over, students are on the move, cleaning and packing and deciding what’s next.

To make the process easier, the university, student government and the city offer several moving-related resources, including three days of Drop & Shop at MacGillivray-Brown Hall, where students can bring unwanted items, and also purchase things they need.

“This is the first year students have the opportunity to purchase items dropped off by other students,” says Joan Jones, Student Community Relations Coordinator. “This is a wonderful way for students to get household items at low cost and support Queen’s groups with the proceeds.”

Working with the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) and the Alma Mater Society, Ms. Jones and staff have set up three days for Drop & Shop: April 30, May 1 and May 2. MacGillivray-Brown Hall will be open 8:30 am-8 pm each day. Proceeds will be shared between Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, Oxfam Queen’s and the Sexual Health Resource Centre. Unsold items will be donated to the Salvation Army.

Items accepted at Drop & Shop include: clothing, linens, books, unopened food and personal hygiene products, and sports equipment. Only students with valid student identification will be able to purchase items.

“We always want this transition to be as smooth as possible for students, and we hope this event makes it a little easier,” says Ms. Jones. “We are also thankful to the SGPS, in particular, for partnering with us on Drop & Shop and staffing the event. They recognize that undergraduates are usually busier this time of year, and have really taken the lead on this.”

The City of Kingston’s student page is also a great moving resource, providing information on waste disposal, and a Facebook group called Queen’s Free & For Sale is a good site for selling and buying items.

On campus, while the Drop & Shop marketplace will not be held in the JDUC, as in past years, students can still head to the JDUC to buy bag tags for extra garbage and moving boxes.