When students moved off Ohio State's campus at the end of the summer, plenty left their couches and stereo systems on street corners.

When students moved off Ohio State's campus at the end of the summer, plenty left their couches and stereo systems on street corners.

Others took them to local used-goods store reTAGit, which opened a North Campus location in August, and made a buck. As students arrive this fall, those in need of a desk or calculator can stop in. And the cycle continues.

ReTAGit considers itself a "community exchange," said principal officer Paul Childress - like a brick-and-mortar Craigslist.

The original location opened two years ago in Grandview.

"Most people like to buy used items, but the fear of is it going to work a week later, is it cash-only, do I get a warranty, do I have to meet you on the corner somewhere?" Childress said. "We take all of that away from buyers."

Electronics like iPods and computer hardware, furniture and sports equipment are big sellers for both reTAGit stores.

On a recent visit, a futon was on display in the front window, behind a line of 20-plus bikes lined up and attracting plenty of attention. Other finds included like-new-looking BlackBerry Pearls, shelves of DVD players and several musical instruments.

The store works with both individuals and businesses as buyers and sellers.Sellers can choose to get paid once the item sells, get a store gift card or get paid cash on the spot. Waiting gets them the most money; cash on the spot, the least. Buyers will find buy-one-get-one deals every day.

Although everything in the store is in working order, reTAGit will buy things that aren't, Childress said - a broken camera can be grouped with others and sold together to someone who repairs them, for example.

They'll buy cars and auction them off through the reTAGit site, and they'll take industrial kitchen equipment and sell to businesses. However, the stores don't accept - or sell - jewelry, clothing, DVDs, CDs, books or firearms.

The down economy is creating demand for the brand from both directions, Childress said.

"It used to be you would just store stuff - you would go put it in your closet or rent a place for $100 a month," he said. "Well now, it's like - right away, let's cut that cost off. So now, all those items you do nothing with, you can get money for."

Two additional reTAGit locations are planned: 3394 S. High St. - coming in December - and Nashville, Tennessee.