Everyone gets excited about a bargain, right? Who doesn’t love wandering into a thrift store and discovering a pair of crystal flutes, still in the box, for a song? Or stopping by a yard sale and finding a gorgeous wool coat with the price tags still attached? For 76 years the JLDOC has enabled bargain hunters in the Triangle, attracting folks from Durham, Chapel Hill, and beyond with the promise of fantastic deals.
The first Thrift Sale was hosted by the Junior League of Durham in 1940. Held at the Durham Armory, this event was put on every spring and fall until 1965, when the two sales were combined to form one Warehouse Sale. The Warehouse Sale continued until it was rebranded as the Bargain Sale in 1971. The Bargain Sale continues today, and after a brief time away will return to the Durham Armory on Saturday, October 29, 2016. Preview Night will be held on Friday, October 28, 2016 ($10 per person or $30 for 4 people online or at the door).
Where does the money from the League’s largest annual fundraiser go? The JLDOC has a long history of giving both time and money to its community. The proceeds from Bargain Sale are combined with the League’s other funding raising efforts to support community endeavors. For example, the League helped found Welcome Baby; a long-standing partnership that continues today. The League has also sponsored the Children’s Museum (now the Museum of Life and Science), including its Science Library in 1961 and the Education Building in 1968. More recently, many of the funds have been awarded as college scholarships to Student U Middle School Program alumni. This year, the JLDOC committed both monetary and volunteer support to Farmer Foodshare donation stations, food ambassador program, and community events.
We hope you will join us for the festivities on Friday and Saturday, find some bargains, and feel good that the money you spend will be given back to support our amazing community.