Fab Finds at Bargain Carousel

It’s time for one of my favorite shopper-tunities:  Bargain Carousel!

A 1000-family garage sale, Bargain Carousel has been labeled the “largest garage sale in Birmingham.” Through member donations, Bargain Carousel provides shoppers with quality items, including many of life’s necessities, at very affordable prices.  In return, proceeds are returned directly to the Birmingham community through the Community Projects the Junior League of Birmingham supports.

It takes over 7,000 volunteer hours to produce Bargain Carousel, and there will be over 100,000 items for sale! Find out more at http://bargaincarousel.net/.

You can shop for a fabulous cause ahead of the rush at Bargain Bash on Thursday, April 25. Bargain Bash offers exclusive access to all the merchandise that will be sold at Bargain Carousel. Enjoy fabulous food and tasty beverages from local businesses, incredible auction items and private shopping at bargain prices.  Be a part of this wonderful night as the Junior League of Birmingham raises awareness and funds for its 38 community projects, which have made a positive impact on the Birmingham community for over 96 years.   (Items purchased at Bargain Bash are double the price marked during the weekend sale.)

TIPS: Get there early, wear comfortable shoes and bring a big tote or cart!

Check out some of my favorite finds from this year’s sale!

Want to go? Comment “Send me to bargain Carousel!” on this post, or on the associated posts on Instagram (@samechicdifferentday) and SCDD’s Facebook page!

Happy Shopping!


We have a winner!

Congratulations to J.D. Andrews, who won the Shop Save & Share card

But don’t worry: this fabulous card can still be yours.  Click HERE to purchase a card from The Junior League of Birmingham’s website, or pick one up at a participating retailer.

It’s time to Shop, Save and Share!

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This year the Junior League Shop Save & and Share (SSS) card is back with more savings, benefits, and partnerships than ever before.

“This fundraiser is really a win-win for everyone,” states Valerie Ramsbacher, President of the Junior League of Birmingham. “The League raises money that supports over 35 community projects. Card buyers receive discounts from their favorite retailers and restaurants, who in turn benefit from sales related to the Shop Save & Share card.”

From October 24-November 4 cardholders can enjoy a 20% shopping discount at over 500 retailers, restaurants, and on services throughout the local community including Pepper Place, Trussville, Mountain Brook, Homewood, Vestavia, Hoover, the 280 corridor, Alabaster, and online vendors.  Simply purchase a Shop, Save & Share card for a $40 donation to the Junior League of Birmingham and start saving while supporting our community.  

The Outlet Shops of Grand River will be hosting a “Sip and Savor” kick-off party for the fundraiser on Thursday, October 25 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. which is open to the public with the purchase of a Shop, Save & Share card. There will be fashion shows featuring the latest in fall fashions showcasing stores from The Outlet Shops of Grand River. There will also be several food demonstrations, including one by Chef Randall Baldwin of Dyron’s Low Country featuring the best in Alabama-grown fall produce, as well as appetizers and drinks for attendees.

“A major contributing factor to the success of this fundraiser is the support of our generous sponsors.  Their support can claim that,” states Amanda Saint, SSS Chair.

To purchase your Shop, Save & Share card or review a complete list of participating merchants please visit www.jlbonline.com or www.shopsaveshare.net.

Want a chance to win a Shop, Save and Share card? Same Chic Different Day is giving one away! Here’s how to enter the giveaway: leave an “I want to Shop, Save & Share!”comment under this post!  And there are FOUR more fabulous ways get in on the good stuff:

  • Follow SCDD on Facebook or Twitter @SameChicSouth.
  • Subscribe to  SCDD (by scrolling to the end of this page, entering your email address and clicking “Sign me up!”)
  • Share this giveaway post via your blog, Facebook or Twitter account. 

NOTE: For each additional entry, a separate comment should be left on this post (“I followed SCDD on Facebook”…etc).  ONE winner will be selected at random from all qualified entries.  Please use a valid email address when posting comments, as that is how the winner will be contacted.  Enter by 5 PM CDT on Friday, October 26.   All decisions final.

Special thanks to Holly Lollar!

***This giveaway is now closed.  The winner will be announced on Monday, October 29.  Thanks!***

Haute deals to be found at tonight’s Bargain Bash

Calling all savvy shoppers and bargainistas!  The Junior League of Birmingham’s Bargain Carousel (AKA “Birmingham’s Biggest Garage Sale”) is this weekend! From clothing for the whole family to gently used baby equipment, toys, housewares, furniture, exercise/sports equipment to electronics and more, you can find SERIOUS deals at the former Mazers location on Greensprings.   And the proceeds benefit the Junior League’s community projects!  

 Full disclosure: as a new member of The Junior League, I had an opportunity to volunteer at the venue last weekend in Ladies Clothing, and was able to get a sneak peek at some of the deals.  And there was plenty to love, including brand new and “gently loved” items by Ann Taylor, J. Crew, Bebe, and Kristin Davis for Belk. There was a fabulous bronze bedazzled top by Ann Taylor, an ivory evening gown with jet beading and a cowl neckline, straw handbags and white denim that are perfect for Spring and Summer, and a lovely LBD with jeweled neckline by David Meister.  Love vintage? I spotted a lime green and orange Christian Lacroixknit set and a to-die-for wool coat with mink collar (from a former Birmingham department store!) Some of the items still sport their original sales tags.

Jade and gold Bebe blouson top

Sundresses, separates, casual pieces and cocktail wear have been separated to give shoppers a taste

"Girlfriend" strikes a pose in David Meister LBD and vintage coat.

of how to mix and match when one has a budget, a little time to look and a lot of creativity!  One of my duties involved dressing the mannequin in Ladies Clothing, whom we nicknamed “Girlfriend”; what do you think?

Bargain Carousel kicks off TONIGHT with the Bargain Bash, featuring “show-stopping” deals ahead of the official sale dates this Saturday and Sunday.  Amanda LeBlanc of the Style Network’s The Amandas, will appear from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and will organize certain pieces from the sale into a display. The event will also feature a silent auction, cotton-candy cocktails and carnival treats; feel free to come dressed in casual attire.  VIP Patron Tickets allow guests in for 6 P.M. shopping and are $40; general admission tickets for 7 P.M. entry are $30; click HERE to purchase.  Note: items will be sold for double the price marked during the VIP Patrons’ Party and Bargain Bash. 

Bargain Carousel welcomes weekend shoppers this Saturday, April 28 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 P.M.  Tickets can be purchased at the sale site this Friday from 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M, and there is a four ticket limit on advance tickets.  Expect plenty of bargain hunters when the doors open, but purchasing a numbered ticket ensures your spot in line.  Admission is free this Sunday, April 29; doors will be open from 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. 

The former Mazers Superstore is located at 816 Greensprings Highway in Homewood.

See you there!

Images via The Junior League of Birmingham and yours truly

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