Find some bargains at the annual Junior League thrift sale Oct. 7
Emily Morgan, of the Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County, adds items to rows of table Thursday afternoon at the Gainesville Civic Center for the 52th annual Thift Sale on Saturday. The event is Saturday, October 7, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Gainesville Civic Center. Preview night is Thursday, October 5 from 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. with double priced shopping and $5 admission. - photo by Scott Rogers

Numerous bargains and new-found treasures will be at shoppers’ fingertips Thursday and Saturday.

Gently used items can be purchased from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County’s 52nd annual thrift sale. 

The event is at the Gainesville Civic Center, with a preview sale happening there 5-8 p.m. Thursday. Admission to the preview sale is $5 and items will be double price. 

Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County thrift sale

When: Preview sale 5-8 p.m. Thursday; regular sale 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. NW, Gainesville

How much: $1; $5 for preview sale

More info: 770-535-1951 or  gainesvillehalljuniorleague.org

“You may have to pay a little extra to purchase some goods, but you get to see everything early and with less of a crowd,” co-chair Angie Kennedy said.

Admission to the Saturday sale is $1.

“We usually have a line starting at the door at 8 a.m.,” Kennedy said. “People get really excited to come see what is offered, and I also think they get excited that they can buy goods, houseware, furniture and clothing for their family at such a discounted rate.”

Kennedy called the sale a “longstanding tradition” in Hall County and for the Junior League. 

The money raised supports Junior League community improvement projects, programs and community organizations.

“This year, the proceeds raised from the admission and sales will go toward Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County’s local initiatives,” Kennedy said. “Some of those are internal initiatives that help the local community including our Done in a Day projects. We will provide volunteers and supplies for projects where our League members get to spend time working with different nonprofits in the area and they complete a project.”

Kennedy said those projects “turn into more of an event,” because the League members spend their day volunteering and providing supplies that are needed for the projects.

“If it was a Habitat build for example, they would provide some of the materials and supplies to do the build, and they would also provide the labor for a day,” Kennedy said.

The Junior League has several programs throughout the year, including the Little Black Dress Initiative in the winter and a Healthy Habits Expo in the spring, which raise money to benefit those in need. 

Once the sale ends Saturday, Kennedy said nonprofits can come look at items.

“One of the really cool things is that we invite nonprofits to come in and take anything that is left that they think is a need for their business or organization,” Kennedy said. “I know in the past it has been a very helpful way for organizations like Habitat for Humanity or Gateway Domestic Violence to have access for free to some of these items that are left over at the end of the sale.” 

Kennedy said it is a “two-fold way the League is able to give back to the community” since local organizations are also given some funding from the thrift sale. 

Thrifted items include everything from rooms full of furniture, countless boxes of clothing and piles of knick-knacks and necessities to televisions, lamps, toasters, Christmas stockings, art and coasters.

The Junior League members have a storage unit open year-round and start collecting donations over the summer. 

“We store them in those storage units and then the Sunday before the sale, we unload those storage units into the Civic Center and we work all week organizing and getting everything shifted around,”Kennedy said. “It is a whirlwind of a week, but it is all for a good cause.”

Hundreds of items are donated to the sale. Rooms on the ground level of the civic center are filled with furniture, while the halls upstairs are filled with tables overflowing with household items.

“The second floor is where our new shop will be, where you can purchase new goods that have been donated by the business community locally,” Kennedy said. “Every single thing you find in the civic center is thanks to the generosity of the community. The goods you find are donated by League members, sustaining League members and the business community.”

This is a cash only event. Because of the high volume of sale items and people meandering through rows and piles of products, strollers are not allowed.

For more information, call the Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County office at 770-535-1951 or visit gainesvillehalljuniorleague.org.

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