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MSU Surplus Store to host final upcycle of semester, teases spring events to come

November 28, 2022
MSU clothing swap event at the Surplus store on Sept. 9, 2022.
MSU clothing swap event at the Surplus store on Sept. 9, 2022. —
Photo by Audrey Richardson | The State News

This Friday, Spartan Upcycle will host its final event of the semester. Students are invited to create winter wreaths out of reclaimed materials at the MSU Surplus Store.

Organizers will collect “discarded books, paper, metal, fabric and objects found in nature” from the surplus store and provide supplies for students to create wreaths “embellished with ribbon, yarn, glitter, paint” and much more.

Surplus Store education coordinator Katie Deska is an organizer of Friday’s event. She said they “want to do something for students that makes them feel they can get a chance to relax a little bit and wind down.”

In that spirit, hot winter beverages will be provided. The event will run from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the store on Friday and students are encouraged to register online.

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The Surplus Store began offering these sustainable art events in tandem with the Broad Art Lab. In March, the lab closed after its funding expired but the Surplus Store continued the events.

Deska said they wanted to make sure MSU students had “a chance to get creative and learn about how they can reuse things that they might have at home.”

This fall, the Surplus Store offered a sustainable mini-fest, a journal upcycling session and a clothing repair-a-thon all in an effort to create a more sustainable MSU community.

Deska revealed the spring schedule, which will include clothing mending in January, upcycled valentines in February, reusable planners in March and a full-sized fest in April which will collaborate with the MSU Science Festival.

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