0412 Junior League
Bargain Carousel Steering Committee. Front row: Emily Brown, Ashelynn Falkenburg, Chloe Collins, Jordan Caudell. Back row: Emily Jensen, Leigh Haver, Elizabeth Burgess.
Spring is upon us, which means that it is time for the Junior League of Birmingham’s annual Bargain Carousel. Known throughout the city for unique finds and great buys, the thrift sale has been a marquee fundraising event for the League, pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars to programs supported by the League.
As in previous years, the event will kick off with the Bargain Bash on Thursday, April 26. At 6 p.m. doors open for the Patron Party, allowing first access to the sale. At 7 p.m. admission begins for other Bash ticket holders and winds down by 10 p.m. Food and drinks are provided, along with live music by Allan Barlow and Jon Campbell. Of particular interest is the silent auction, which features everything from vacation stays to exclusive artwork to merchandise from area retailers.
Bargain Bash tickets may be purchased in advance at www.jlbonline.com or at the door the night of the event. Patron Party tickets are $40, and Bargain Bash tickets are $30. Guests are given the first opportunity to shop the sale, including departments featuring new merchandise, heirloom and antique pieces as well as thousands of gently used items including appliances, furniture, home goods, tools, outdoor furniture, clothing and artwork. Shoppers at the Patrons party are often seen nabbing great buys for college students, lake houses, and “project” pieces. Guests of the fundraising event pay double price for merchandise
The two-day event for the general public will kick off Saturday, April 28 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 29 from 1– 5 p.m at the old Mazer’s space located at 816 Green Springs Highway in Homewood. Admission Saturday is $5, and the sale’s reputation results in lines forming in the pre-daylight hours. Sunday offers extra bargains with all remaining items being discounted 50 percent. Tickets are available for purchase Friday, April 27 from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the sale location.
“We are excited about the location this year,” said Leigh Haver, Bargain Carousel Chairman. “The Homewood location makes it easily accessible to people across the metro area, as well as for our team of volunteers.”
“We have hundreds of Birmingham League members who have been working to prepare for this event since last fall, and even beyond. It takes a huge commitment from a great number of people to make this event a success.”
Proceeds from the event go directly to supporting the JLB’s mission to improve the lives of women and children throughout Birmingham.