Junior Guild to host annual Bargain Sale


Customers browse through the wares at the 2016 Junior Guild Bargain Sale at the Farmers Market.


Special to the Telegram

Friday, March 2, 2018

The Junior Guild of Rocky Mount will hold its 15th annual Bargain Sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Farmers Market on Peachtree Street.

Admission to the sale is $2 per person.

The event is a fundraiser for the Junior Guild, which makes yearly donations to local nonprofit groups. Over the last 15 years, over $100,000 raised from the annual bargain sale has been distributed among a variety of civic groups and organizations like My Sister’s House, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region, Peacemakers and The Wright’s Center.

Overall, the Junior Guild has donated about $400,000 to local nonprofit groups and scholarship recipients in the past 15 years.

Guild members donate gently used items and sell them at yard-sale prices. This year’s bargain sale is spearheaded by Guild member Whitney Shearin. She’s excited by the offerings at this year’s sale and the enthusiasm of Guild volunteers.

“All 43 active Guild members work in shifts to help us get set up during the week before the sale. We start moving items into the Farmer's Market the Saturday before the sale and spend the remainder of the week setting them out and pricing all the items,” Shearin said.

Shearin said the Junior Guild of Rocky Mount has a long history of striving to improve the lives of those in need in the Twin Counties.

“The Junior Guild ran a thrift shop in downtown Rocky Mount for many years and when it closed, we still wanted a way to reach the people that the shop served for so many years,” Shearin said. “The Bargain Sale is an annual event that allows us to do that. It takes a lot of work, but we love doing it.”

Junior Guild of Rocky Mount President Tiffany Delano agreed, saying the event wouldn’t be successful without the work of the Guild volunteers and several community businesses.

“A big thank you to the entire Junior Guild for putting in some very long hours to ensure this event will again be a success,” Delano said. “The entire community pitched in with donations, pick-ups, drop-offs, advertising, feeding the ladies and so much more. I couldn’t be more humbled and honored to be a part of our generous community and serve with some very special ladies and lifelong friends.”