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It's Christmastime at Penn, as school sells left-behind wares for charity

It's Christmastime at Penn, as school sells left-behind wares for charity

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In 2008, Kasel Lesak of AchieveAbility, a group that helps formerly homeless families become self-sufficient, sifts for suitable stuff at Penn. By Michael S. Wirtz, Inquirer Staff Photographer

In West Philly, neighbors have dubbed this time of year "Penn Christmas," when the venturous pick through the loads of goods left behind by University of Penn students.

Last year's haul included: toasters, irons, blenders, TVs, refrigerators, coffeemakers, microwaves, kettles, mounds of clothes, 2,500 pairs of shoes, boxes of books, Christmas lights, 400 lamps, canned goods, mops, teddy bears, board games, printers, desk chairs, cereal, spices, bedding and pillows.

As the students step back into the real world, they carry away fond memories, but leave behind a collective pile of merchandise that no longer fit into their lives. This year, PennMOVES will unload the useable stuff in a massive flea market on Saturday, June 5 at Penn's Class of 1923 Ice Rink at 31st and Walnut.

First dibs cost $5 with an early bird admission from 8 - 10 a.m. After that, admission is free.

The proceeds will go to United Way to distribute to charities geared toward West Philly and its neighboring communities.

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Kia Gregory is a staff writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She's a proud native of the city and an alumna of Temple University. Contact Kia by e-mail by clicking here, or by phone at 215-854-2601.


Vernon Clark, a staff writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, has reported extensively neighborhood issues in North and Northwest Philadelphia. Vernon has also been an editor for the Inquirer and has worked as an editor and writer at the Boston Globe and Akron Beacon Journal. Contact Vernon by e-mail by clicking here, or by phone at 215-854-5717.

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