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Thursday, May 31, 2012

POSTPONED - Eco-reuse sale this weekend

POSTPONED: Reuse Sale Features Compost Tea, Sports Collectibles
By News staff

UPDATE: Due to the high probability of bad weather on Saturday, EcoRI is postponing their sale until next weekend.

PROVIDENCE — If you are in need of an organic concoction to help your lawn stay green and your plants grow, the annual ecoRI Reuse Sale will have just what you need. Our miracle grow is inexpensive, has already been used and won't harm the environment. In fact, it does the planet good.

The food scraps we’ve collected for the past year at local farmers markets has been cooked to perfection by ecoRI composting guru Michael Bradlee of Earth Appliance. We will be selling this compost and Bradlee's own compost tea concentrate called "From Me To You, Compost Tea Concentrate" — made by soaking or steeping compost in water, which then can be used for either a foliar application (sprayed on leaves) or applied directly to soil. Both are all-natural fertilizers.

For those looking for plants, Bradlee will be selling seedlings he started growing in April at Frey Florist & Greenhouse in the city’s Smith Hill district. Plants for sale will include lettuce, kale, collard greens, Swiss chard, peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, New England pie pumpkins, and herbs such as basil, thyme, parsley and oregano.
The ecoRI Reuse Sale will be held June 2 and 3 at 111 Hope St. from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

The fundraiser also will feature: books; antiques; vinyl records; stero equipment; sports collectibles and memorabilia, including bobbleheads, MLB, NHL, NBA and NFL cards, media guides, yearbooks and photos; kids and adult clothing; furniture; gardening supplies; rain barrels; countertop compost keepers; compost bins; household items; do-it-yourself rain barrels and composters; and plenty of oddball stuff, such as Napoleon Dynamite figurines, old board games and cool knickknacks.

Stop by and enjoy a cup of coffee with the ecoRI News staff, talk shop with composting guru Bradlee, meet some Penguins and snack on some delicious baked goods.

In an effort to find homes for some of the state’s unwanted items and help Rhode Islanders free up space in their basements, attics, sheds and garages, ecoRI News accepts dontions for the Reuse Sale. If you would like to donate items to this ecoRI News fundraiser, there are several ways to do so:

Make an appointment to drop off donated items at ecoRI’s world headquarters, 111 Hope St. Contact ecoRI News executive director Frank Carini at 401-678-0206 or via e-mail at to set up a time.

Schedule a pickup. The ecoRI News staff will pick up donations, on a limited basis and depending on the item(s). To schedule a possible pickup, contact ecoRI News executive director Frank Carini at 401-678-0206 or via e-mail at

Donated items are tax deductible and ecoRI News will provide you with a receipt.