Free Store

Opened by students in 2013, the UofL Free Store helps useful stuff make its way to those in need rather than to the landfill. It's like a thrift store, but totally free!
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Free Store in SAC W303C
Free Store Donation Bin

Free Store logoThe Free Store is a space for the on-going free exchange of clean, functional, durable items like clothing, shoes, electronics, small appliances, household items, bath & beauty supplies, books, school & art supplies, and more.

Fall 2022 Hours: Monday - Thursday, Noon - 6pm

Located in SAC W303C, the UofL Free Store is run by interns and volunteers who help process donations and keep the store tidy and organized in support of the project to help keep useful items out of the landfill while meeting the needs of their peers.

Donations of clean, functional items can be made any time in the small bin outside the door of the Free Store or in the large red bins at the base of the driveway just east of Unitas Tower, off Cardinal Blvd. Please do not donate torn, broken, soiled, or wet items. Unfortunately, we do not currently have the capacity to mend, repair, or clean donations.

UofL promotes an inclusive environment for all, regardless of gender identity and/or gender expression. The Free Store is a Transgender-Friendly space.

The store is open to all UofL students and employees during set hours each week during the regular academic year. Volunteers wanted!

Last Tuesdays, Sept. - March, 11:30am-1:30pm, Red Barn

These pop-up Free Sales are offered by the Free Store. They will be offered on last Tuesdays of each month throughout the year from 11:30am-1:30pm at the Red Barn (outside in good weather).

Kroger Zero Hunger Zero WasteThe Free Store is grateful for support from the Kroger Zero Hunger | Zero Waste grant in support of UofL's sustainability initiatives!

 If you would like to volunteer or have questions about the Free Store, please contact our 2022-23 Free Store Manager:
Emily Minnis (502-523-7879)

Students in Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS) first joined forces with the UofL Sustainability Council and Campus Housing in Fall 2013 to open a permanent Free Store which was originally housed in the basement of Unitas Hall through Spring 2019. In 2017 alone, the Free Store helped keep over 700 pounds of items out of the landfill!

Sustainability at UofL: GRASS develops Free Store
(The Louisville Cardinal, 4/3/13)

Free Store Grand Opening - August 2013Pop-up Free StoreFree Store Open Now SignsFree Store in Unitas Tower