Items left behind at Bonnaroo sold at yard sale


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — One organization wants to make sure nothing left behind at Bonnaroo goes to waste.

At this yard sale outside of the Gear Closet, Doylene Francisco is searching through items to find a blow up mattress.

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“I have a few friends that have sent me down here for them as well and money to see if we can find a single person tents, blow up mattresses, just the stuff that you need to have people over in the summer and to go camping,” Francisco said.

This isn’t just any yard sale. All of this was left behind at Bonnaroo.

“It would go to the landfill that is why we worked this out with clean vibe because everything left in the field, if it didn’t get composted or recycled, it was going to the landfill, so we picked up almost 8 pounds of stuff this year and that is four tons of stuff not going to the landfill,” said Mary Beth Sutton, with CaribbeanSEA’s TenneSea Kids 4 Clean Water.

It benefits TenneSea Kids 4 Clean Water.

“Then we have a yard sale and any profits we make go back to support our Kids 4 Clean Water programs, whether it is at Red Bank Elementary, or Hardy or in the Mountain Creek community,” Sutton said.

Francisco says this is a good way to give back and get affordable gear at the same time.

“I’ve been to Bonnaroo a few years and I see all of the stuff that people were throwing out and it is just kind of a travesty that all of that goes to waste and is left. So I think it is a great thing that they come and scavenge it and do it for a good cause. It is just put back out their and up-cycled to other people,” Francisco said.

An event that shows one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Organizers say the goal is to sell what they can by Friday. Leftover items will be donated to the Community Kitchen.