- Associated Press - Saturday, May 24, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - One student’s trash was a future student’s treasure Saturday at the University of South Carolina, where an annual yard sale was held.

Nearly 5,000 pounds of clothing, 33 televisions, 35 microwaves and 60 brooms were among the items available at the Give It for Good yard sale. The university offers items discarded by USC students and donates the money to Habitat for Humanity.

The State newspaper reported (http://bit.ly/1t6Qkj2) that Andrew Cox and his family came to the sale to look for items for his freshman year. They spent about $100, including the $5 fee for early entrance and left with two microwaves, a small trash can and other items.

Not everything was for 18-year-old Andrew. His father was pleased to find a high quality bicycle helmet. “This is an unexpected windfall,” Steve Cox said.

Andrew’s mother found an untouched art canvas for Abigail, 15, who likes to paint. “We came for school, then you see stuff like this,” Robin Cox said.

Other bargain hunters found treasures in futons, televisions, kitchen ware, shoes and mirrors - items that were used in a dorm room for about nine months.