What do vinyl records, baby clothes, computers, and a vintage mirror have in common? You can find them all locally on the Reuse Trail, a collaboration of 45 stores that sell used goods. This October, join Get Your GreenBack to discover the wealth of goodies at reuse stores across Tompkins County during the Reuse Trail Treasure Hunt. Pick up a game card at any of the 14 participating stores, and play one of two games during October: to “Dip Yer Toe”, simply visit three stores and have them stamp your card; to “Walk The Plank”, solve a puzzle with clues from all 14 stores. Drop your completed game card in the treasure box in a participating store to be entered into a drawing to win $40 to $200 in gift cards. Participation is free and no purchase is necessary; but you can take 10% off a purchase if you find a treasure you want to take home.
Why reuse? Shopping at reuse stores is great for your pocketbook and the planet. You get so much more for less, while rescuing treasures that might otherwise land in our landfills, and saving on the energy- and pollution-intensive manufacture of new goods. According to the ReUse Center, a Reuse Trail member with two stores, 90 percent of what we throw away can be reused.
Shopping reuse also keeps money in the local economy, where it helps us all. Almost all reuse and resale shops are locally owned, and provide over 100 jobs for local residents. Mama Goose, another participating store on the Reuse Trail, reports that $84 out of every $100 spent at their store stays local. And reuse helps support a number of not-for-profit organizations such as SewGreen, which offers apprenticeships and job training for young people.
All participants are invited to the raffle drawing at Argos Inn on November 4th at 3pm. Visit www.ReuseTrail.com for more information on the Treasure Hunt, and to discover all 45 stores on the Reuse Trail!
The Reuse Trail Treasure Hunt is organized by Get Your GreenBack Tompkins, sponsored by Cornell Thrift, the Sustainability Center, Local First Ithaca, and the Downtown Ithaca Alliance, and is made possible in part by a grant from the Tompkins County Tourism program.