By: Melissa Krenek
Spring has officially sprung, and if you’re looking for a local thrift boutique that offers great merchandise and a friendly atmosphere, head to the Bargain Box in Harding Township. This community staple, located on Route 202 in a large blue building adorned with red doors, has been providing new and gently-used merchandise to Morristown and the surrounding area since 1960. They carry fashionable clothing for men, women, and children, as well as shoes, handbags, jewelry, household goods and vintage items. They pride themselves on offering customers designer brands at affordable prices, including vintage Gucci, Tiffany, Jimmy Choo, and leather goods. The best part is that all sales benefit the Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center, so shoppers can feel extra good about every purchase. Maggie Moffitt, the Store Manager explained that she works with “over 60 volunteers, who come in and make the place feel like home.”
This past August, after over 30 years of being across from Atlantic Rehabilitation in Morristown, they decided to move and start a new chapter. It wasn’t a huge move, in fact they moved approximately five miles down the road into Harding Township. The new shop has a more modern feel with tons of natural sunlight and includes two floors of retail space with larger dressing rooms. “It’s a totally different space with a much more open feel and it allows for more customer, volunteer interaction in a welcoming environment,” Moffitt exclaimed. “Since moving here, we have been busy every day, and the parking lot is always filled!”
With their move came some fresh, new ideas. For example, Moffitt was excited to share that the Bargain Box has started carrying activewear, and it’s flying off the shelves. “Sales for activewear are surpassing denim in the U.S.,” Moffitt explained (And she’s right). According to an article published in 2018 by the Los Angeles Times, U.S. imports of women’s elastic knit pants have surpassed those of jeans for the first time, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. “We carry brands like Lululemon, and it never stays on the shelf for very long,” Moffitt added.
Along with activewear and everyday clothing, The Bargain Box features some cool seasonal and themed sales, including Black Tie, Prom wear, and swimsuits for the warmer months, and back-to-school, Halloween, and of course Christmas for the colder ones. The holidays are the most popular time for them, but “Lilly and Tommy,” their Lilly Pulitzer and Tommy Bahama annual event, is a very close second. This year’s event will take place on June 3rd and will include all the bright colored florals both designers are known for. Locals also enjoy throwing Derby Day parties, and with the Kentucky Derby fast approaching in May, Moffitt plans on featuring some fabulous “Southern Belle” style hats.
“We are so appreciative of customers who come here to support both sales and donations, we couldn’t do it without them,” Moffitt exclaimed. Many shoppers turn into donators, purchasing items for one-time events and coming back to re-donate them. Volunteers are also a pivotal part of the process, many of them traveling long distances to make a difference. “Many people have been volunteering for over 25 years, they tend to come on board and make lifelong friends.” The Bargain Box currently has a waiting list for volunteers, but don’t let this deter you from volunteering, because the Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center has tons of other opportunities! To learn more about volunteering opportunities at both the Bargain Box and the hospital, check out www.wammc.org.
The Bargain Box is located at 1117 Mt. Kemble Avenue in Morristown and accepts donations for new and gently-used apparel, shoes, jewelry, home goods, china and crystal, puzzles, games, toys, new stuffed animals and collectibles. Donations are accepted on Mon. Tues. and Sat. from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. All donations are tax deductible. For further information concerning donations, call Moffitt at 908 766 0745, or drop by and she’ll be happy to give you a tour.