Cougar Free Store

What is a Free Store?

A free store is what it sounds like: a place where various items donated by the community can be taken and used by other members of that community. The Cougar Free Store is a place where members of the CofC community can donate items (see our list of Dos and Don'ts below) and take items for FREE.

Why Should I care?

Reducing Environmental Impact

As of 2020, over 60% of what we get rid of on campus goes to the landfill (see the College’s Zero Waste initiative). Because we serve as an alternative place for unwanted items to go, we divert them from becoming waste and encourage reuse instead. We see older, extra, and unwanted goods on campus as resources that can and should be reused. Instead of sending items that are still usable to the landfill, please consider donating them to the Free Store.

Increasing Accessibility & Equity

We are a resource for members of the CofC community who may have difficulty accessing a range of things like school supplies, kitchenware, clothing and more. Our store aims to reduce financial strain and provide basic necessities of living with the support of others on campus.

Building a Stronger CofC Community

We ascribe to a mutual-aid system, where everyone has something to contribute, and everyone has something they need. We strive to foster an environment where everyone on campus not only feels welcome, but can connect with and help out fellow Cougars. 

Inside the Cougar Free Store

We are located at 14 Green Way, behind the main Center for Sustainable Development's office. We’re listed as the “Knox Lesesne Carriage House” (#17) on the official campus map. If you’re still struggling to find us, be on the lookout for signage to point you in our direction!

Hours of Operation (subject to change): 

Tuesday: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 11:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

What policies do you have?

To keep our store running smoothly, we do have a few policies we ask you to abide by.

  • Masks required inside the store.
  • Before donating, please check to make sure it’s accepted
  • Take no more than 1 bulky/low stock item per visit 
  • If you take anything, please ‘check-out’ 
  • Exercise empathy and common sense
  • Click here to find our policies and procedures in the Cougar Free Store Guide.  

Dos and Don'ts of Donations

list of free store do's and don'ts - also available in the Cougar Free Store Guide

Donations must be clean and in working condition, and must be useful to someone else.

 

How do I donate to you?

Come see us in our store! We have a donation bin on the stairs to the right as you come in for donations during our open hours, and a purple donation bin outside our front door for after-hours donations.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or have any feedback on the Free Store, please let us know via email or stop by and talk to us in the main CSD building at 14 Green Way. 

Email: liseoks@g.cofc.edu