The Gear Closet is selling over 7,000 pounds of upcycled Bonnaroo gear on Wednesday


Volunteers helped clean up Bonnaroo campsites on Monday. (Photo: Mary Beth Sutton)

The annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has concluded and, like every year, many campers left a variety of items behind at the venue.

For several years, volunteers with Chattanooga-based The Gear Closet have helped clean up campsites following the festival. This year, they’ve brought back a truck with over 7,000 pounds of used camping gear.

All of that gear is for sale during the Bonnaroo Upcycle Yard Sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The Brew Market and Beer Garden will also be open during the event.

The proceeds from the sale benefit clean water initiatives through the Caribbean Student Environmental Alliance.

According to Mary Beth Sutton, executive director at CaribbeanSEA, volunteers worked in the heat on Monday to gather the items.

“It was crazy hot, but the remains of the intense Sunday thunderstorm at Bonnaroo was evident,” Sutton said. “Some tents were left intact because they were full of water and mud was still everywhere, but we worked and worked and did our best to fill the trailer.”

About 28 volunteers worked to load a truck donated by U.S. Xpress.

Sutton said a bunch of interesting items were found and will be available at the sale.

“We had some cool finds this year: a portable grass grill in a carrying case, a crazy netted chair which is wonderfully comfortable,” she said. “There was a beer cart, a mountain of tarps, interesting carpets, lots of tents, kids toys, grills, chairs, sleeping bags, tiki torches, futons and more tarps.”

The Gear Closet is located at 1510 Riverside Drive.

Due to the expected large crowds, parking will be limited to 40 spaces at the business and the nearby Brew Market and Beer Garden.

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Signs will offer information about additional parking as it becomes available.





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