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Shop Everything MSU makes substantial profits


December 28, 2016

Earning nearly $57,000 on Dec. 6, Shop Everything MSU will likely become an annual event.

Organized by the MSU Surplus Store, the sale featured items such as collectables constructed with salvaged trees from MSU’s campus and jewelry made with paint from The Rock.

MSU Bakers, MSU Dairy Store, Kellogg Center Gift Shop, Spartan Honey, and Spartan Pure Maple Syrup were just some of the vendors that set up at the Surplus Store for nine hours to allow customers to buy holiday gifts at one location.

“The event was a success,” Kris Jolley, Surplus Store and recycling manager said. “The goal of the event is to provide a comprehensive, one-stop holiday buying experience for the MSU community by shining a spotlight on MSU vendors.”

The event was free for both shoppers and vendors and took about a month to plan.

“The Surplus Store and Recycling Center is always looking for ways to support MSU partners,” Jolley said. “We are happy to provide this service at no cost.”

The Surplus Store and Recycling Center drew new customers by promoting the event through various media outlets.

“There were 4,360 items sold with an average price of $8.48,” Jolly said. “There were a total of 984 paying customers.”

The Surplus Store was overwhelmed with positive feedback from participants.

This is the first year the event has taken place, but, due to its success, it is likely to be continued in future years with a few enhancements to the parking and checkout lines.