COLONIAL MART SHOPPING CENTER
5070 Parkway Drive
Mondays: 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
The Junior League of Jackson is proud to own and operate Bargain Boutique. Opened in 1994 in Northeast Jackson’s Meadowbrook Mart Shopping Center, Bargain Boutique expanded to the Colonial Shopping Center in February 2006.
Bargain Boutique has assisted the Junior League of Jackson in generating more than $12 million dollars in funds benefitting the community. Known for its high quality men’s and women’s career and sportswear, as well as gently worn children’s clothing, Bargain Boutique has grown into a one-stop shopping location for the entire family. The store also features a variety of household goods, home furnishings and décor.
Bargain Boutique is unique because the majority of the items for sale are donated by members of the Junior League of Jackson and leading retailers who support the League’s programs and projects.
The first Bargain Barn was held in 1976 at the State Fairgrounds. It was a gigantic garage sale for which League members donated items that were used, but no longer needed, to the cause. The League capitalized on providing good quality items at affordable prices. It was a formula that worked for those donating as well as those seeking a good deal. According to League records, the Bargain Barn was held every three to four years until a retail outlet was opened. The idea of having a retail shop to provide this service year-round kept resurfacing at committee meetings due to the Bargain Barn’s consistent success, and the capacity the League had to make this venture work. The membership voted in May 1993 to research the idea, which quickly lead to the establishment of the Bargain Boutique.
The first three months of operations, sales totaled $45, 7000. That first year, League members donated $26, 500 worth of quality, secondhand merchandise to maintain a full inventory and worked approximately 1,590 hours in the store. League members and members of the community who donate quality upscale items to the Bargain Boutique continue to be an important asset for the resale shop’s continued success, even now when second-hand and consignment stores are typically part of the retail landscape.
Bargain Boutique, now 19 years in business, continues to provide a positive cash flow while offering volunteer opportunities for league members and high-quality items at a discounted price for shoppers.