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College students swamp Westbury Container Store

The College Savings Event at the Container Store

The College Savings Event at the Container Store in Westbury brought in many students and their parents on Sunday, July 20, 2014. Credit: Beth Whitehouse

The Container Store in Westbury looked like a movie theater premiering the latest “Twilight” or “Hunger Games” flick Sunday at 7:15 p.m., with a line snaking from the door and past the adjacent Trader Joe’s.

Turns out The Container Store was holding its annual College Savings Event. The festive special event was held after hours, from 7:30 to 9:30, and attendees got a 20 percent discount.

That drew Alex Bourguignon and her mom, Laurie, from Great Neck. Alex, who will be a freshman at Tulane University in New Orleans studying public health, had her eye on a specific piece of luggage at the store. “Savings,” said Laurie about her reason for attending, happy, like everyone else in line, not to have to pay full price.

Shari Meltzer, who graduated from Port Washington’s Paul D. Schreiber High School in 2013, had been a student at American University in Washington, D.C., but has transferred to The New School in Manhattan. She was heading in with her mom, Audrey, seeking shoe racks and closet organizers. “I figured out what I definitely need,” she said.

The store was soon filled and every shopping cart in use. Each customer put a blue dot sticker on a map of the United States on their way in, marking where they’d be going to college in the fall.

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