Each Spring Carleton College students donate unneeded items to the Lighten Up Garage Sale. Students donate a variety of items including: clothing, winter apparel, small dorm room furniture, household items, books, bedding, sport equipment, and other fun things!

The proceeds provide essential funds for community non-profits and also serves as an excellent lesson in “green” living and waste management.

For 2022 we are hosting an in-person sale at Carleton’s Laird Stadium

Thursday June 23: 7am to 5pm

Friday June 24: 8am to 1pm (Bag sale day) Each Ikea Bag full is only $15.00!!

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is the sale?

  • Carleton’s Laird Stadium (Enter at north end)
  • Thursday June 23: 7am to 5pm
  • Friday June 24: 8am to 1pm (Bag sale day)

Who can shop at the sale?

  • Everyone! Community members are encouraged to shop.
  • Carleton Students: Be on the lookout for notices about pop up sales during the school year.

How do you pay?

Cash, check (with ID), or credit cards 

How is the sale set up?

Everyone must enter at the north end of the stadium. Check out is at the south end. 

How do you use the Ikea bags?

When you enter the sale, you can buy an Ikea bag for $2. Shop with it, then keep the bag or return it during check out to get your money back.

What items are at the sale?

  • Gently used clothing 
  • Bedding
  • School supplies
  • Kitchen cookware
  • TVs and electronics
  • Books
  • Household items, decorations, games
  • Fans, lamps, small appliances
  • Small furniture

What happens to unsold items?

At the end of the sale, multiple end-sale vendors come in to buy the remaining items. Please email lightenup@carleton.edu if you are interested in being an end-sale vendor.

What is the mission of Lighten Up?

Lighten Up is a community-focused event with the dual purpose of waste diversion and supporting the local community.

The proceeds provide essential funds for community non-profits and also serve as an excellent lesson in “green” living and waste management. The 2019 Lighten Up Sale raised $36,000 and the “Lite 2021” Online Sale raised $12,000 for Northfield Union of Youth, Project Friendship, and Special Olympics. We couldn’t do the sale without the hard work and dedication of our community volunteers. Each community partner provides 30 hours of volunteer work each day for the three weeks prior to the sale.

In addition to the community benefits, Lighten Up helps Carleton move towards its sustainability goals. Lighten Up manages 2.5% of Carleton’s total waste stream by diverting 30 tons of student materials from the landfill.