Y’all. This month, I had the opportunity to preview inventory for the Junior League of Birmingham’s Annual Bargain Bash and Carousel and lemme tell ya…you are not gonna want to miss these events!!
What is the Junior League of Birmingham?
The Junior League of Birmingham (JLB) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is to improve the community by delivering services and
assistance to those in need through partnerships with community partner agencies.
JLB is one of the largest Junior League organizations in the world, with nearly 2,300 members. As one of the largest volunteer service organizations in Alabama, JLB has nearly 1,000 active volunteers, hailing from 50+ zip codes in four counties throughout the Birmingham metro area. These volunteers
contribute nearly $2,500,000 into the Birmingham community through a combination of approximately 55,000 hours of service and financial support.
Learn more about the Junior League of Birmingham by visiting www.jlbonline.com or on social media: Facebook, www.facebook.com/JuniorLeagueBirmingham; Twitter, @JLBirmingham; Instagram, @jlbirmingham or with the hashtags #EngageInspireLead and #JLBirmingham.
How does shopping at Bargain Carousel impact the community?
Bargain Carousel provides the local community with the opportunity to purchase gently used merchandise, including necessities like clothes, furniture, and large appliances, as well as children’s toys, infant items, kitchen items, linens, art, books, outdoor and home improvement equipment, and much more with the added benefit of raising money to fund JLB Programs. This is not your typical garage sale! JLB programs serve those in need in the metro area, including initiatives related to domestic violence, human trafficking, homelessness, juvenile crime, healthy living, job readiness, personal finances and education.
When you purchase a ticket to Bargain Bash and/or Bargain Carousel, when you purchase merchandise, or when you purchase Auction items at Bargain Bash, you are helping to fund the 38 community projects that the JLB supports, such as the JLB Diaper Bank, JLB Second Servings Program, JLB Essentials Pantry Program, Children in Crisis through our partnership with the YWCA, or Mobile Food Pantry through our partnership with the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama. Because the Junior League of Birmingham (JLB) provides both direct funding and trained volunteers to the community, your supports helps to double the JLB’s impact.
When you first walk in, you’re faced with the baby section. ADORABLENESS abounds. If you have babies, toddlers, or little kids, this section is for you. Clothing, toys, you name it – it is for sale.
The end of the school year is coming and doesn’t your child’s teacher need another coffee mug or water bottle to get them through the summer?? Of course they do! Pick up a few for less than $1 each in this section.
Bag lover like me? Eat your heart out, baby. Bargain Carousel’s got bags like you wouldn’t imagine!
The most exciting part, in my opinion, was the massive quantity of household items. You could literally furnish a home with all the amazing things they have available. Towels, rugs, kitchen ware, electronics, yard equipment, sports equipment…I mean, it’s endless! I left my heart with a super adorable and functional laundry sorter that retails for $40 and was selling for $4. It didn’t fit in my car y’all. UGH.
Now on to the important details…
TIPS FOR SHOPPING THE SALE!
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. You will be shopping in huge warehouse with tons of people. Think Black Friday crowds and better than Black Friday prices. Bring yo’ shopping GAME.
- Bring a large bag (or two) to throw the small stuff in. There will be shopping carts around, but if you don’t manage to grab one early on, you’ll want bags to carry your loot in.
- Make a list. It can be super overwhelming to walk in and see all the amazingness that is the Bargain Carousel inventory. SO, make a list of the things that you need at home, presents you need to buy (yes, they have BRAND NEW STUFF around), or things that your friends and family want/need.
- BRING A TRUCK, or large car. I mentioned earlier that there was a super cute laundry hamper that I really wanted but was unable to load in my car. If you can’t fit it in your car, you’re gonna lose out. Find a friend with a truck and buy them a ticket to shop with you in exchange for their truck and you’re golden.
- Arrive early! You’re gonna want to get the pick of the litter, so arrive early if you can.
- Buy Bargain Bash tickets! Can’t make it Saturday or Sunday?? No worries, get you a sitter, buy bargain bash tickets and do some shopping while sippin’ on champs and eating taco bites. Perfect girl’s night out and you get some shopping done. 🙂
Now on the the specifics. Tickets are officially on sale and will be at the door as well, so read the info below carefully to make sure you plan accordingly.
About Bargain Carousel
The Junior League of Birmingham proudly presents Bargain Carousel, a 1000-family garage sale, to the Birmingham community. Labeled the “largest garage sale in Birmingham”, JLB volunteers provide over 7,000 hours of service and over 100,000 items through member donations. Bargain Carousel provides the local community with the opportunity to purchase gently used merchandise, including many of life’s necessities, at very affordable prices, such as clothing, furniture, large appliances, children’s toys, infant items, kitchen items, linens, art, books, outdoor, home improvement equipment, and much, much more. You can shop with the added benefit of knowing that the money raised is returned directly to the Birmingham community to fund the 38 Community Projects the JLB supports. This is not your typical garage sale!
JLB programs serve those in need in the Birmingham metro area, including initiatives related to domestic violence, human trafficking, homelessness, juvenile crime, healthy living, job readiness, personal finances and education.
Every $40 purchase of merchandise at Bargain Carousel, provides necessities for 4 survivors of sexual violence through our partnership with The Crisis Center, 10 meals for homeless women and children through our partnership with Pathways, or diapers for one child in need for a month through the JLB Diaper Bank.
Because the JLB provides both direct funding and trained volunteers to the community, your supports helps to double the JLB’s impact.
Thursday, April 25
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Please join the Junior League of Birmingham for an evening of early access to all of the merchandise that will be sold at Bargain Carousel. Enjoy fabulous food from local businesses, incredible auction items and early bird shopping at bargain prices. All Bargain Bash shoppers pay double the sticker price and sales tax will be added at the point of purchase on all merchandise. Bid numbers are issued with ticket purchase. Be a part of this wonderful night as we raise awareness and funds for our 38 community projects, which have made a positive impact on the Birmingham community for over 96 years.
Every $40 ticket purchased to Bargain Bash provides necessities for 4 survivors of sexual violence through our partnership with The Crisis Center, 10 meals for homeless women and children through our partnership with Pathways, or diapers for one child in need for a month through the JLB’s Diaper Bank.
All merchandise sells for double the ticket price during Bargain Bash. Sales tax will be added at the point of purchase for all merchandise.
Saturday, April 27
Tickets for Saturday admission go on sale Friday, April 26, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Bargain Carousel space (5201 Princeton Way, Hoover, Alabama 35226).
These are not available online as they are sold in order, allowing for shoppers to enter in ticket number order on Saturday morning.
- Patrons can purchase up to 4 tickets/person.
- Sale is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- The cost is $10 for Saturday entry between 8 a.m. and noon and $5 from noon to 5 p.m.
- Tickets can also be purchased at the door.
- Sales tax will be added at the point of purchase for all merchandise.
Join in on the fun with appearances by the Hoover Fire Department, face painting by Pink Fancy Face, and live music from Cordero King, as well as food trucks, such as Nothing Bundt Cakes, City Bowls, Heavenly
Donut Company, Eugene’s Hot Chicken, Cheezin’, Swamp Monster BBQ, iCantina, and Pazzo’s Big Slice Pizza.
Sunday, April 28
Admission is free, and merchandise is half price. This year we are asking for donations of diapers and/or wipes to help support the JLB Diaper Bank. While not required for admission on Sunday, we would appreciate any donations you can provide.
Sales tax will be added at the point of purchase for all merchandise.
For more information, call 879-9861 or visit bargaincarousel.net.
I’ll be there Thursday, so I hope to see you there! Otherwise, let me know what goodies you end up with. I’ll share my finds on Instagram over the weekend. Happy shopping and for a good cause too!