Buckeye Bargains

Location/Directions

Now located on Campus at 53 West Eleventh Avenue.
The easiest way to get there is from High Street and go west on 11th Avenue. We’re in the brick house at the corner of College and 11th. There are parking meters in the front (75 cents per hour) and two 30 minute loading spaces. Volunteers are provided parking passes once they register for a schedule.

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Established in 1966, Buckeye Bargains is The University Women’s Club thrift shop. The shop is operated by volunteers who are members of the University Women’s Club and it serves the members of the University community as well as the community at large.  All merchandise and worker’s time is donated and 100% of the proceeds go to The UWC of Ohio State Scholarship Fund administered by the Office for Student Financial Aid.  

Today, Buckeye Bargains sells a vast array of items for very little cost, yet donating substantially to the UWC Scholarship Fund. In 2020-2021, the shop’s contribution to this fund was more than $22,000!  Because everything is donated, including the workers’ time, Buckeye Bargains has become not only a labor of love but also, some of the best fun to be had anywhere. 

So far, we are the only Club in the Big 10 Conference that has a physical on-campus thrift shop.

Store Information

Store Hours

Opening August 18th 2021
Wednesdays 10:00am to 5:00pm
Last day for sales May 4th 2022
Closed during other University Holidays
We accept Cash and BuckID as payment

Donation Hours

Tuesday between 10:00am and 1:00pm
Wednesday between 10:00 and 5:00pm
We offer donation pick up.
Contact us at: buckeyebargains66@gmail.com

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Buckeye Bargains History

It all started in 1966 when there was a move to create a way to serve the University and its communities.  The result was the formation of a thrift shop that the members named Buckeye Bargains.  Through the assistance of Marjorie Fawcett, the wife of the OSU president, Buckeye Bargains opened in the old veterinary surgery theater at 17th & Neil, across the street from University Hall.

For years, people shopped the steep amphitheater rows of the veterinary surgery theater until the University tore it down. Buckeye Bargains then moved to a basement space in the NW corner of Converse Hall, the ROTC building next to the Ice Rink.  In 2020, made another move and relocated to a new location in a house on the south side of campus.

More Information

All proceeds from Buckeye Bargains go to the UWC Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships for OSU students, with particular attention to women enrolled at The Ohio State University Columbus Campus.

We emphasize clean, current and in working order for all donations. If you have dishes, kitchen items, glasses, small appliances, clean wearable clothing, jewelry, linens, sheets, towels, blankets or other usable household goods, please consider donating them to Buckeye Bargains! A dated and signed tax receipt is provided for your donations, or a BB worker can stamp, sign and date your own itemized list.

Also, merchandise can be brought to the monthly UWC luncheons or picked up by special arrangement. Click here to arrange a special pick up.

Buckeye Bargains Board Members

Chair

Cathy Ballenger

Co-Chairs

Teresa Pleasants
Dee Turner

Secretary

Lucy Buzzee

Treasurer

Julie Buckley

Scheduling

Mary Gustafson

Advisor

Antoinette Beynen

At Large Members

2019-2022

Cheri Rickert
Rosemary Domin

2020-2023

Rhonda Bova
Karen Dertinger

2021-2024

Sally-Anne Robbins
Annette Whittemore

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