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Thrill of the (bargain) hunt

Buckeye Bargains thrift store has a new home and the same great finds.

Buckeye Bargains is back! Housed in a new location at 53 W. 11th Ave. and open to the public, this campus thrift store is packed with new and gently used goodies that you can buy for a song. Plus, all proceeds go toward scholarships for Ohio State students — to the tune of $22,000 last year. Volunteers from the University Women’s Club run the shop, which opened in 1966. “Everything is priced very reasonably,” says Cathy Ballenger, chair of the Buckeye Bargains board. “I once helped a student who got a new Cuisinart toaster for $4. He was thrilled.” Check out some of our recent finds!

Knick-knacks

This nifty bronze football player can be yours for $8. It’s one of many ornaments and small sculptures you’d be proud to display at home or gift to a friend.

Bronze football player sculpture

Buckeye gear

Explore a room of Buckeye clothing such as this $15 sweatshirt. Many items are new and donated by vendors. And don’t forget your Ohio State flags, stadium seats and coolers for tailgates.

Ohio State sweatshirt

Accessories

Who doesn’t want a stylish $4 fedora when you step out on the town? Discover one-of-a-kind items that accentuate your personality. Your wallet will thank you.

Black and red checkered fedora

Office supplies

Why settle for a black stapler when you can have this whimsical turtle for $2? Scout the store for items to stock your office and win the race to organize.

Whimsical turtle stapler

Home decor

This glass and iron sculpture will dress up your digås for just $15. Who knows? You may discover a rare objet d’art in the store worth an appearance on “Antiques Roadshow.”

Glass and iron sculpture

Jewelry

Show off your school spirit with this $2 bracelet. You’ll also find necklaces, earrings and rings to get your Buckeye bling on.

Ohio State bracelet

Housewares

Chill out with this 26-inch Drink-O-Matic vending machine for $30 and keep your friends refreshed. You’ll also find dishes, mixers and other essentials.

Drink-O-Matic mini vending machine

Visit Buckeye Bargains

Buckeye Bargains operates Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 53 W. 11th Avenue in Columbus. Cash and BuckID are accepted.

Want to donate? Drop off items (no furniture, please) Tuesdays 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Pick-up service is available. Email Buckeye Bargains or visit Buckeye Bargains on Facebook for more information.

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Erin MacLellan

Erin MacLellan is a freelance writer in Delaware, Ohio. She earned a degree in French from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University in Bloomington. When she’s not reading, she’s drinking iced coffee and traveling (mostly in her mind) to France.