Poster Sale equips students with creative pieces


Andie Balenger/NW

BROWSE AROUND — Poster Sale attendees flip through large booklets of various images as Lydelle Jackson, left, assists a customer who is purchasing a Johnny Cash poster. Jackson, director of poster sales at the College Poster Sale Company, has been providing Northern Michigan University students with unique posters of famous artwork, popular musicians and video games since last Thursday as part of NMU’s welcome back festivities.

Andie Balenger, Opinion Editor

Northern Michigan University has welcomed its annual Poster Sale back to the Academic Mall, providing students with colorful prints to help decorate their living spaces before the fall semester begins. Despite battling against unfavorable weather the past few days, the large tent containing purchasable posters has been operating near Weston Hall since Thursday, Aug. 25. With images varying from Biggie and Tupac to Super Mario Bros, and even fine art pieces by Claude Monet, the sale presents a wide selection of poster prints for the campus community to indulge in. 

“We live an aesthetic life … [posters] are used to spruce your living space up,” Lydelle Jackson, director of poster sales at the College Poster Sale Company, said. “It just helps liven your place up and it gives you energy, even on a subconscious level.”

According to Jackson, popular posters with NMU students have been traditional and fine art pieces, particularly that of Salvador Dali. While posters portraying musicians, one of the most sought-after being Harry Styles, are favored on most college campuses, Jackson was surprised to find that video game pieces have been underperforming at NMU’s poster sale. 

Based out of the Bronx, New York, Jackson travels across the country selling posters on college campuses. Of all his visitations, however, Jackson has been most impressed by the generosity of those shopping at NMU. 

“[At NMU] what I thought was really interesting is that a lot of people mentioned ‘Oh, I am buying this for my friend,’” Jackson said. “It seems like a lot of generosity is flying around here and people are buying things for each other.”

Poster sizes range from large, 24 inches by 36 inches, to small, 10 inches by 12 inches, and nearly everything in between. With prices varying, posters will be available for purchase from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day until Wednesday, Aug. 31.

“[Posters] are fun, it is something fun to share and it is a great conversation piece for when people come over,” Jackson said.