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New Spartan Trader grand opening is Aug. 10

Photo of Spring Garden Apartments where Spartan Trader is locatedWhen you step in Spartan Trader this semester, it’ll be completely different.

The store has transitioned from an art consignment shop to a resale store – with the inventory coming from what the students leave behind at the end of the spring semester.

The grand opening will be Aug. 10.

“We have really nice dresses, jeans, shoes, handbags, backpacks, jewelry, blouses, menswear, ‘presentation outfits’, leggings, desk lamps, ballet/toe shoes, art supplies and more,” says Melissa Rinehart, manager of the Spartan Trader, which was founded through the UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics.

The Spartan Trader provides students a unique learning opportunity. It is a cross-disciplinary experiential learning lab operated totally by students through the UNCG Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program and in the Bryan School.

“All our students can complete an internship or practicum at the Spartan Trader, including our Beyond Academics students. The goal of the lab is to instruct UNCG students how to run a small retail establishment through hands-on experience.”

The store opened in 2012 as an art consignment shop under the supervision of Dr. Dianne Welsh, Hayes Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurship and founder of the Entrepreneurship Programs in the UNCG Bryan School. The store offered students, faculty, staff and local artists the opportunity to sell their handmade creations on consignment for profit. The store was not sustainable and another business plan was set in motion.

Many of the items left behind by students at the end of last semester were sold at the UNCG “Cram & Scram Sale.” But before the sale, lots of select items were set aside by Spartan Trader students for sale in the store this semester. Dr. Dianne Welsh notes the great help of UNCG’s Office of Waste Reduction & Recycling.

“These are items left ‘BY students, FOR students,” Rinehart says. “We have high hopes that this venture will be successful and we can keep the store open for more students to experience this unique learning opportunity.”

The store is actively taking donations.  If you have some items you would like to donate, contact Rinehart at mbrineha@uncg.edu. They have 30-minute parking in the parking area in the rear of Spring Garden Apartments to make drop-offs quick and easy.

The store is located at 1540 Spring Garden Street in the lower level of Spring Garden Apartments (across the street from Bojangles). Store hours are Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sat noon-5 p.m.

The phone number at the store is (336) 256-0317.

Further questions? Email mbrineha@uncg.edu.