The Bargain Box was established in 1965 by three ladies from First Presbyterian Church as a shopping option for the working residents of Hilton Head item. By 1970 it was generating enough revenues to provide monetary support to local social agencies and charities, and it was incorporated as a stand-alone 501(c)(3) organization. The Bargain Box has continued to grow, becoming an Island institution that has returned over $12.5 million in to the community.
"The Bargain Box"The name conjures up a myriad of images - depending on who is doing the imagining.
For residents of the Lowcountry, The Bargain Box provides a way to recycle usable items that they no longer need in order to benefit local residents and organizations. It’s a convenient place to bring items they decide they can do without after cleaning out their closets and cupboards – and it's a number to call for a donation pick up of furniture or appliances which are being replaced or downsized.
For customers it's a wonderland of affordable treasures. Our non-profit thrift shop caters to a broad range of customers and provides everything for home and family, including the unexpected and the unusual (from an Oriental rug to a mink coat to an antique butter churn – and more) ALL AT EVERYDAY BARGAIN PRICES.
For its volunteers (300+), The Bargain Box offers a familiar environment along with the satisfaction of making a material contribution to the community. Working there regularly – in sales, sorting, pricing, etc. - means part of a team. Each day has a different team, with its own camaraderie but all following careful guidelines established over the 45 plus years of the organization's existence.
For many charities and social agencies in the Lowcountry, The Bargain Box provides monetary and in-kind support that has been a major factor in their ability to provide needed service to those in need in the community. Each of the dozens of agencies and thousands of people affected over the years have their own stories of how the support of The Bargain Box, which has totaled over $12.5 million, have helped them.
The Bargain Box does maintain a small paid staff to handle administration, facility maintenance, inventory logistics, and donor, volunteer & customer assistance.
We are an active part of the local business community cultivating close working relationships with area businesses who contribute their time and resources to The Bargain Box by providing professional advice and support, discounts, a conduit for donations and recycling, etc. Please support our local business partners including,
The Bargain Box is proud of it's many contributions to the local community - we provide a channel for recycling unused items, an economical local shopping alternative, an opportunity for volunteering, and a source of direct and indirect support for charities and social agencies.