Shop offers special furniture deals for college students

Helping Hands store in Orange (WTNH / Laura Hutchinson)

ORANGE, Conn. (WTNH) — College students will head back to campus in a couple weeks. Many of them not only need books and supplies but also furniture to set up their apartment.  We’re helping you stretch your dollar after visiting a shop that’s supporting local charities while also saving college students on back-to-school.

From back to school clothes to bureaus to keep them in. Mattresses, desks, even furniture for the living room, Helping Hands Community Thrift store in Orange is looking to help college students stretch their dollar.

“They can pretty much dress their entire house up, their kitchen, their living room, their bedroom, everything they need for less than $300,” said store manager Bovey Lu.

It’s “student month” which means a student ID gets you 25% off as well as free curbside delivery. Store Manager Bovey Lu says it wasn’t too long ago he was looking to save on these types of items.

“College students don’t have all the extra funds,” Lu said.

And a bonus: part of your money spent goes to charity.

The way it works is the store partners with a number of charities. When someone donates an item they choose which item they want to support. Then when someone buys that item, a portion of the sale goes to the store, the rest goes to charity.

Even if you’re not a college student, there are ways to stretch your dollar even further. Donating food and toiletries to the food pantry or dog treats gets you money off your purchase too.

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