Lighten Up Garage Sale

About Lighten Up

Each Spring Carleton College students donate unneeded items to the Lighten Up Garage Sale. The proceeds provide essential funds for community non-profits and also served as an excellent lesson in "green" living!

2020 Lighten Up! Garage Sale CANCELLED

Unfortunately, the 2020 Lighten Up! Garage Sale has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

Lighten Up community partners receive Carleton sale proceeds

The 2019 Lighten Up Sale raised $37,300 for Northfield Union of Youth, Project Friendship, and Special Olympics! Thanks so much to all who contributed to make this year such a success and divert 25 tons of materials from the landfill.

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What is Lighten Up?

Each Spring Carleton College students donate unneeded items to the Lighten Up Garage Sale. Students donate a variety of items including: clothing, winter apparel, furniture, household items, books, bedding, sport equipment, and other fun things! The sale is held every year in Carleton's Laird Stadium the weekend after Reunion. The 2020 sale has been cancelled due to the Covid pandemic. The proceeds provide essential funds for community non-profits and also served as an excellent lesson in "green" living!

For questions about the sale, please email lightenup@carleton.edu

Where does the money go?

Partnering organizations provide the labor force to sort, organize, and staff the sale. In return, they are the recipients of the proceeds.

Lighten Up supports three local nonprofit organizations:

  • Northfield Area Special Olympics
  • The Key: Northfield Union of Youth
  • Project Friendship

In-Kind Donation Request Form for Non-Profits