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,  accessories, housewares & kitchen items, linens, bath/beauty/cleaning supplies, electronics, small appliances, books, school & art supplies, and more.

The Free Store is CLOSED FOR SUMMER and reopens mid-August. Donations can still be made in the  large red bins at the Garden Commons next to the Baptist Center.

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 an effort to keep useful items out of the landfill while meeting the needs of their peers. In 2023-24, the Free Store diverted 5,012 pounds of items from the landfill!

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 Garden Commons next to the Baptist Center. Please do not drop off torn, broken, soiled, moldy or damp items. Unfortunately, we do not 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!

Amber RitterIf you would like to volunteer or have questions about the Free Store, please contact our Fall 2024 Free Store ManagerAmber Ritter (609-462-7193).


The UofL Free store relies on volunteers to help us create an efficient, safe, and excellent service for the campus community. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact us at

Typical volunteer responsibilities include:

  • Greeting patrons with a friendly and welcoming attitude
  • Protecting the confidentiality of patrons
  • Cleaning and organizing the Free Store
  • Keeping store a clean, bright, and welcoming environment
  • Emptying waste bin into recycling/trash as needed
  • Weighing and tracking donations into our donation chart
  • Canvassing campus with promotional flyers, chalkboards, and other materials
  • Reporting any issues to Free Store manager
  • Checking donation bin when needed and restocking store

All Volunteers must commit to one hour shift of volunteer work per week during the fall or spring semester. Volunteers are recommended not to overwork themselves and keep their curricular work, mental and physical health, and personal health a priority.

Free Sales!

Free Sales Flyer

The Free Store organizes monthly pop-up Free Sales at the Red Barn (outside in good weather) throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. In 2023-24, they were offered on last Tuesdays of each month from 4:30-6:30pm.

Thank You!

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!

History & Press:

UofL Free Store Trash to Treasure Move-Out to Move-In!Trash to Treasure Move-Out!
Starting with the 2023 Move-Out, the Free Store launched a new annual campaign to collect useful items as students move out from campus residence halls. The message to students is to skip the landfill dumpster and fill up the Free Store! We collect TONS of great stuff, then sort and store the items over the summer in order to give away as students return to campus for Move-In. We host two very popular pop-up Move-in Free Sales during Welcome Week to help students skip the trip to Target and get things they need for their new home without spending a dime. In 2023 alone, this initiative repurposed over 2,000 pounds of useful items! Why waste money on new stuff when we've got everything you need for your dorm and your wardrobe, all for FREE?!

Olivia YeagerUofL and the Free Store help December grad break the poverty cycle (UofL News, Dec. 7, 2022)

UofL's 'Free Store' offers clothing, essentials to the campus community amid high inflation (Spectrum News 1, Dec. 2, 2022)

New University “Free Store” aims to combine convenience with sustainability (The Louisville Cardinal, Nov. 11, 2021)

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