Welcome!

ReUSE is a campus not-for-profit thrift store run by student volunteers. We take donations from the Cal community and give them back to the community via our store. Books, readers, and office supplies are all free. Everything else in the store is $3 or less. Things we can’t sell or give away are donated. All proceeds go to charity and maintaining the club.

End of Fall

The store is now closed for the semester. We will continue to monitor the bins outside of the store, on the 2nd floor of MLK, and on the 3rd floor of Moffitt Library for reader and textbook donations until Friday, December 14th. We look forward to seeing you when we reopen in Spring Semester!

Fall Semester Updates

Fall semester has flown by! ReUSE members have been busying keeping the store open and participating in committees to get the word out about ReUSE and sustainability, with many sales and happy customers over the past few months.

In addition to club meetings every other week, we’ve hosted a few events of our own! We had a successful Freecycling event on October 17th on the steps of Sproul Hall. We gave away clothes and office supplies for free and partnered with Madewell for those wanting to donate jeans. One week later, we learned how to make DIY tote bags from shirts at our General Meeting and then taught others on Memorial Glade from 1-3PM for Zero Waste Month.

In addition, we’ve collaborated with the Butterfly Effect, a group that decorates wooden butterflies and hides them around Berkeley for others to find, leaving hints on social media. When a butterfly is discovered, the person who found it can choose a charity of their choice to be donated to. Butterfly Effect provided us with some wooden butterflies and painting supplies, which we painted at one of our General Meetings. ReUSE also partnered with EthiCal for a Give Two, Get One event. This means that if you donated two shirts to ReUSE, you could get a shirt from EthiCal for free on Thursday, Oct. 11th.

We’re looking forward to a successful end of the semester with a Reader and Textbook collection during and immediately after Finals Week, as well as donating our semester’s profits to a charity chosen by our active volunteers! Our final General Meeting of the semester will be during the last week of classes, Tuesday 11/27 from 6 – 7pm. We will be open during RRR week, but closed during Finals Week until we reopen in Spring Semester. 

 

First General Meeting

ReUSE will be having store sorting during our general meeting this week! Come out to the ReUSE Store this Tuesday, September 11th, at 6pm to help out. We will be going through donations that we accumulated from Move Out and throughout summer. As our way of saying “thank you” for your help, you can take anything you find while sorting for free! First dibs on items not yet on the racks and anything you want for free? We’ll see you there.

Don’t forget to sign up to join a committee if you haven’t yet! This is completely optional, but it’s a fun way to get to know other members while getting more involved with ReUSE. Committees accept new members all year round.

The Events Committee plans and carries out sustainable events such as giveaways on Sproul and free tie dye-ing of donated white shirts. The Outreach Committee creates flyers to advertise ReUSE and manages our social media platforms. The Stations Committee visits ReUSE stations around campus, where students can drop off items or take items for free. This committee is in charge of stocking stations with office supplies and making sure they are in good condition. The Store Committee is responsible for managing the store, tracking records, decorating, and coming up with sales.

If any of these committees interest you, fill out this form to join one!

Welcoming the Fall Semester

Thank you everyone who came to the Infosession on Thursday night!

We are always open to have new volunteers. Please contact ucberkeleyreuse@gmail.com to find out when our next training session will be held, or schedule a time that works for you! Without volunteers, we cannot fulfill our mission of keeping items out of the landfill and helping students save money. You’ll earn store credit as an added perk! Visit the store any time to learn more, or simply drop by to pick up a free binder or textbook for the semester.

Back to School

Welcome back! ReUSE will resume normal Monday – Friday hours next week (August 27). We are open on Saturday, August 25th for back to school shopping. Come pick up your free textbooks, readers and binders!

You are invited to the ReUSE Infosession / General Meeting on Thursday, August 30th, 8pm at Barrows room 50! We’ll introduce the club and explain how you can get involved.  Hope to see you there!

Happy August!

Can you believe it’s already August? This means that the start of the semester is coming up! ReUSE will be having incoming students tour the store during Golden Bear Orientation, so we needed to get things ready even before the first day of classes. Thanks for everyone who joined us on Saturday, August 4th, to enjoy frozen yogurt and get a head start on organizing the store. 

The store will be open as usual this week on Wednesday and Saturday. Sign up here to volunteer under the Summer Sign-Up tab.  We will also be holding our weekly training session at 5:10pm on Wednesday for those of you who are new or want to check in with us about how things work in the store.

Next Wednesday, August 15th, will be the last day of summer hours. We will reopen once the fall semester starts. Thanks for dropping by this summer, and hope to see you in the fall!

Update: 7/21 Closure

Update: The ReUSE store will be closed today (7/21) due to unexpected closure of part of MLK. We will be open as usual on Wednesday, July 25th. Thanks for understanding!

Big C Social

Come hike up to the Big C on Sunday, July 22nd at 4:30pm with your fellow ReUsers! It’s a short, fun hike with a great view and a swing along the way that we can check out. Feel free to invite along any friends that are interested in reuse. We’ll meet in front of Doe Library at 4:30pm. Email us at ucberkeleyreuse@gmail.com to let us know you’re coming!

Summer Shenanigans

We hope you all enjoyed the day off last week for Independence Day. The ReUSE store has returned to its usual schedule – Wednesdays and Saturday. We hope to see you volunteering and shopping! 

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to our Happy Lemon Social. It was a lot of fun, and most of the attendees’ first time trying Happy Lemon! Keep an eye out for info about another fun social coming next week.

Shoutout to a talented ReUser who took the time to draw a welcome sign for the ReUSE store in chalk. We love it! It’s great to see volunteers making improvements like this around the store to help make ReUSE the best it can be. Feel free to leave a note with your name next to your improvements too, so we can give you some love for it.