Bargain Box

Ties for a quarter, books for a buck, that’s how Bargain Box, Columbus’ oldest fundraiser, has raised over $2 million to support the community projects of the Junior League of Columbus. The first sale was held in 1949 and was lead by a committee of ten active members.
Today, nearly all members contribute to Bargain Box, either by donating items or volunteering at the sale. Each year, the size and scope of the sale grew from a small garage sale of JLC members’ gently used merchandise to the largest sale of new and used merchandise in Columbus.

Bargain Box is unique in many ways. As a fundraiser, the monies have supported Junior League projects since 1949. Monies raised currently support our programs such as:

  • Adopt a Backpack for Children in which over 13,000 brand new backpacks have been donated at the beginning of the new school year to children;
  • Kids in The Kitchen, a program designed to combat childhood obesity; and
  • Kelton House Museum and Garden.

Bargain Box is also a community service. Over the years, JLC has learned that many families visit the Bargain Box sale every year and rely on the merchandise to clothe their children for school and provide gifts during the holidays.