The annual Junior League of Columbus Attic Sale, a longtime tradition, will be no more after Saturday.
“After 59 years it is really kind of sad,” said president Wendi Jenkins. “It has been a great fundraiser and an important, popular event for Columbus.”
This year’s sale will be in the South Hall at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center.
As usual, there will be the doorbusters sale 6-8 p.m. today. Admission is $10 and prices are doubled, but shoppers do get the first chance at purchasing the most desirable items.
Doors will open at 8 a.m. Saturday. The event runs until 2 p.m., but the sale doors do close from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for cleanup and some price reduction. Admission is $2. Those with a military ID can get in for $1.
If it is anything like the past, there will be a line of shoppers ready to enter. Recently, those lines have been a little shorter.
“There was a time when it was like Black Friday, there were so many people waiting,” Jenkins said.
She has always loved seeing the look of excitement on the faces of the shoppers.
Member Carrie Sigman said a reason for ending the sale is that the makeup of the league’s membership has changed. She said there are more working women who don’t have the time to give to put the sale together.
Another reason given is the increase in consignment stores and the ability for members to sell unwanted items online. More yard sales being held by various companies have hurt.
Member Meg Carey said the poor state of the economy the last few years has definitely had an effect.
“The sale has been super, but it is time to put it to bed and say goodnight,” Sigman said.
But, she said, the sale will go out with a “big bang.”
Among the items up for sale are a collection of gently used, as well, as some new furniture, art, appliances, electronics, exercise equipment, books, children’s toys, tools, holiday decorations, clothes and more.
“We have a great paddle boat,” Jenkins said.
The event is sponsored by St. Francis Hospital, Aflac, Burger King, Livingston Storage and Two Men and a Truck.
According to the organization’s website, it was in 1931 that 61 Columbus women came together and formed the Community Service League. In 1936, it was accepted into the Association of Junior Leagues.
The league is committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
League projects through the years include opening the first pediatric wing at the old city hospital, equipping the children’s playrooms at Midtown Medical Center (The Medical Center), renovating a floor at the House of Mercy, working to save the Springer Opera House, providing the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Midtown Medical Center, equipping the children’s Transformation Gallery at the Columbus Museum and helping establish the Ronald McDonald House.
Its “Project Prom” annually provides free prom dresses to girls who can’t afford one.
While the attic sale has been the main fundraiser, there are others, such as the sale of cookbooks, the Run for the Kitchen and, every four years, the Junior League of Columbus Follies.
There will be a new fundraiser to replace the attic sale.
“Something exciting is coming in the fall of 2014, but I can’t say what just yet,” Jenkins said. “We are still working out the details, but people are going to like it.”