Photos by Jo McCulty
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Show off your school spirit with this $2 bracelet. You’ll also find necklaces, earrings and rings to get your Buckeye bling on.
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.
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.
About the author
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.