Top 10 Tips for Shopping the JLP Rummage Sale


The Junior League of Phoenix Annual Rummage Sale is an exciting day of bargain hunting for many shoppers in the Valley. We have many repeat shoppers year after year, some that have been coming for longer than thirty years! We recently asked our members for the best advice they would give to rummage newbies as they prepare to head to the Arizona Exhibition and State Fair this year. We have compiled these tips here for you, happy hunting!


1. Arrive early – doors open at 8am! From 8am – 12pm admission is $5.

Our doors close from 12pm – 1pm, but we reopen 1pm – 4pm and admission is FREE! Between 1pm – 4pm, all merchandise is 50% off.

2. Plan for parking. We are located at the Arizona Exposition & State Fair Exhibit Building at 18th Avenue & McDowell Road. Parking fee is $8.

3. Make a game plan! The departments will be set up per the map below. Check outs are at both ends, so check each side before you stand in a longer line.


4. Bring a wagon or bag(s) to carry all of your treasures. A limited number of bags will be available for $2 each.

5. Do you plan on buying furniture or large items? Bring appropriate transportation! We do not offer pick-up or delivery, and we also don’t hold items.

6. Check the weather and dress appropriately. You never want to be too hot or cold while shopping!


7. Get your mammogram!

Mammograms will be available the day of rummage from 8 am to 4 pm, for eligible recipients at a first come first served and are provided by Fry’s Food & Drug Store and the Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona. Click here for more information on the mammograms offered on Rummage Sale day!

8. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Ask a volunteer for help! Can’t find the price of an item? Ask for help! Most volunteers will be wearing a a red apron or JLP t-shirt.


9. Be patient and open-minded, there are a ton of people doing the same thing, looking for amazing bargains while supporting for a good cause!

10. Want first dibs? Attend our Rummage Sale Pre-Sale Party on Friday, February 22. The Junior League of Phoenix presents the 82st Annual Rummage Pre-Sale Party: A Night Through The Looking Glass.

The Pre-Party allows you to shop the sale early and will feature live music from Slightly Right, Tea Readings with the Mad Hatter, and plenty of photo opportunities. Enjoy a catered dinner with wine, beer and champagne. Play our signature games with thousands of dollars in prizes and be the first to shop the Rummage Sale!

*All items sold at the Rummage Sale Pre-Party are double the Sale Day price.

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Purchase Rummage Sale Pre-Party Tickets Here!


Saturday, February 23, 2019

8am – 4pm

8am – 12pm 12pm – 1pm 1pm – 4pm
$5 Admission Doors Close Free Admission

Arizona Exposition & State Fair Exhibit Building

1826 West McDowell Road – Phoenix – 85007

About the Junior League of Phoenix

The Junior League of Phoenix, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization of over 1,000 women committed to the promoted voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the Valley of the Sun through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. For more than 80 years, JLP has invested almost $4.1 million in the community and contributes over 75,000 volunteer hours annually. Current League programs are structured around JLP’s focus area of “Building a Healthy Arizona.” For more information about the Junior League of Phoenix, please visit

Organizational Development Institute


Organizational Development Institute, ODI, is a series of leadership development meetings for all Junior Leagues in the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. Four lucky Junior League of Phoenix members had the chance to attend with members from leagues all over the country while learning about how to enhance our local impact through volunteerism. Junior Leagues benefit from members who come back with increased skills in community program design, fund development, and increasing internal operating efficiencies.  The members who attend get increased training in areas they may not have otherwise had.

The three days of ODI consisted of large keynote presentations, like that from Dr. Johny Lake, whose mission is to expand diversity and inclusion in Junior Leagues, and smaller breakout sessions aimed at training members effectively. Members got to choose their tracks and sessions in order to maximize the experience to fit their interests and their  League’s needs.


Our members are given this opportunity at no cost to them. Visit ODI through their eyes and read what they have to say about the experience:

“ODI provided me with world-class training around Issue-Based Community Impact. When our JLP community efforts directly coincide with our focus area of “Building A Healthy Arizona”, we are achieving our goals for improving our community, developing the potential of women and promoting volunteerism. Issue-based community impact also helps our leagues recruit new members, retain existing members and engage our sustainers.” – Lauren Sullivan

“Hearing about the goals, efforts, and impact the Junior League has across four counties reminds me that our job as community members, volunteers, and leaders will never be done, but every step forward is a step in the right direction.  It was such an honor to be selected to attend ODI 2018, and I’m excited to share my notes from ODI with members of management and the Board so the whole league can benefit from my training.” –  Melissa Volkmer

“I was impacted by the community of women throughout the country that are The Junior League. This empowered group of women, that the JLP is a part of, is an inspiration. I left wanting to contribute even more to the JLP.”  – Sarah Pickett Wilson 

“Diversity starts with an individual. Individuals make up organizations. We spent the weekend being self- reflective and understanding how our own thoughts and experiences impact the ability to lead others to be more diverse and inclusive.”  – Tameka Hartman

Training in the Junior League does not stop at the yearly ODI conference. Members have opportunities to pursue training in many different areas all throughout the year. To learn more about The Junior League of Phoenix, click here.

JLP Member Spotlight: Marina von Bismarck

Get to know Marina von Bismarck and learn how she makes our league awesome in this week’s Member Spotlight!

How many years have you been in the league? I’m in my second Active year. So, 3 years total.

What committee do you serve on? I’m enjoying one of my first and favorite committees, Rummage.

What is your day job? In what seems like a past life, I worked in the Entertainment and Television industry. I was a celebrity publicist and eventually moved over to casting. I now have the privilege of dedicating a significant amount of time to philanthropy and enjoy traveling the world with my family.

What is your favorite thing to do in Phoenix? Eat & Explore. I love living in a city where you can explore new restaurants daily and still never conquer them all. The city also has so much to offer for entertainment. I enjoy testing my wits at the great trivia spots, frequenting the many stand-up comedy venues, and sampling the great variety of festivals that are always going on in the city. When living here, you can never be bored.

If you had an extra 8 hours in your day what would you do with it? Warren Buffett said: “Someone is sitting in the shade today, because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” Having extra hours to set up a successful tomorrow is a huge win. I would also like to add that  An extra 8 hours would technically give you enough time to incorporate another meal with digestion. Maybe I could conquer all those great restaurants after all!

In your opinion what is the best thing about being a JLP member? The strong sense of community and the relationships you build.  Serving as a member of the Junior League of Phoenix has broadened my horizons and perspective. It has given me the opportunity and knowledge to take action to help build a strong, healthy, and thriving community.

Why did you join the JLP? I had recently moved to Scottsdale and a few of my new friends recruited me. After looking into to it and discussing their experiences, I knew I could not pass up the great opportunity to grow as a person and make a positive impact on the city.

What do you want other people to know about JLP? The Junior League of Phoenix is a strong, growing force in the community. Together we stand to serve and take action on both a local and global level to help those in need or when crises strike. We empower women by providing them with leadership opportunities, helping them gain knowledge of current situations, and by building a strong network to support each other and flourish.

What is your favorite JLP memory? I have few favorite memories from volunteer opportunities I have had within the league. My favorite volunteer shift, which was full of great memories, was “Operation School Bell League.” It involved working hands on with children to provide supplies, uniforms, and other tools to help them succeed in school. It was an incredible and humbling experience.

I have had the privilege to Co-Chair the Rummage pre-party fundraiser every year since my provisional year in the League. Being on that committee provided me with a tremendous opportunity to grow in a leadership role and helped me create many new strong friendships. I thrive on organized chaos. Suffice to say, it is my jam

JLP Sustainer Spotlight: Rodie Purcell

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How many years have you been in the league? Since 2001-ish

What committee(s) have you served on? JLDC Cook Book, Kids on the Block, and Art Harvest

Favorite thing to do in Phoenix? We go into town for good restaurants, museums, concerts, shows & JLP events!

If you had an extra 8 hours in your day what would you do with it? I would work out more, cook, share that 8 hours with my husband & kids!

In your opinion what is the best thing about being a JLP member? I love the good work the JLP does in the community. I like that all of the funds stay in Maricopa. More than anything, I adore the friends I have made in the JLP!

What do you miss about your active membership in the league? I miss the connection & solidified commonality of goals we are meant to have in committees.

Why did you join the JLP? We just moved to Phoenix. Since the Junior League is everywhere, it was one of my first connections! More over my pal Margaret Moody was already involved.

What do you want other people to know about JLP? That we do real, actual work! That we make deep & meaningful impact on the lives of the people we serve.

Favorite JLP memory? My first Rummage Party & my first White Pary with my old pals!

TOUCH A TRUCK 2018… Give Us 9 Seconds!

Never has touching a truck, car, bus, tractor, ambulance, or helicopter been SO FUN! On November 3rd from 9am-1pm at Aviano Park, The Junior League Of Phoenix will be putting on our 6TH ANNUAL TOUCH A TRUCK EVENT and you WON’T want to miss it!

The average blog reader has the attention span of a Goldfish, 9 whole seconds!!! So we are going to try to fit in all the fun that will be had on November 3rd as quickly as possible.

FUN– Speaking of catching your attention this event will be PACKED with TRUCKS of all sizes! Last year some of the fan favorites included a HELICOPTER, City Bus, Construction Trucks, and an ambulance! Don’t worry we know you can’t have fun without a BOUNCE HOUSE and this event will have no shortage, perfect for kiddos of all ages!

We are also excited to announce the introduction of Safety Town within Touch-A-Truck this year. Safety Town will provide families of children ages 4-8 with age-appropriate information and Meet & Greets with local rescue workers.

FOOD- Did someone say Food truck? YES WE DID! Even the pickiest little pallet will find food they love at our Touch-A-Truck. Event November 3rd! Just a few fan favorites included this year are KONA ICE, BURGERS AMORE, and QUESO GOOD! We suggest dipping your burgers in queso to get the most out of your calories that day 😉 Stick with us for about 6 more seconds!

FRIENDS– Our Junior League of Phoenix community has come together with our friends in the valley to bring you TRUCKS, TRUCKS, and MORE TRUCKS as well as emergency responders, local mascots, a LIVE DJ, and interactive educational games! Bring your friends, family and neighbors to Honk, Lift, Squeeze, Slide, Play, and Feast at our 6th Annual “Touch A Truck” event November 3rd from 9am-1pm at Aviano Park.

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Mark you calendars for this weekend and don’t miss this family fun event! Tickets can be purchased in advance for $5 or are $6 at the door. Purchase your tickets online here

  • From 9am -10am we will have a “NO HORNS HOUR” created specifically for children with special needs and sensitive ears in mind. During the horns-free hour, attendees will be able to enjoy the event without horn honking or disruptive noises.

JLP Member Spotlight: Trina Jonas


Get to know Trina Jonas and learn how she makes our league awesome in this week’s Member Spotlight!

How many years have you been in the league?  This is my 3rd Active Year, 4th Year including provisional

What committee do you serve on? I currently serve on the Community Leadership and Outreach Committee (CLO)

What is your day job?  My day job is selling real estate throughout the valley and being Mom to 3 kids (Jayne age 13, Ryan age 10, and Kyle age 7)

Favorite thing to do in Phoenix?  We love to try new restaurants for date night, and take our kids hiking in the mountains when we’re not busy with their sporting events.

If you had an extra 8 hours in your day what would you do with it?  Read a book, Bake yummy treats

In your opinion what is the best thing about being a JLP member? I love being able to make friends with strong passionate women from all over the valley.  I also love being exposed to and having access to nonprofit organizations that as an individual I would not.  I like being able to volunteer and make a difference in special ways through the league.

Why did you join the JLP? I joined JLP to be able to volunteer more meaningfully in the community and meet like-minded women.

What do you want other people to know about JLP?  I’d like more people to know about how fun JLP is and how amazing the members are!

Favorite JLP memory?  I loved getting to help start Little Black Dress last year when I served as Donor Relations Chair.  I loved seeing the amazing response of the women in the League for our new initiative and helping put that event together.  My volunteer shifts at Homeward Bound, especially at Christmas time, are also some of my favorite memories.  Making kids happy at Christmas is magical.

4 ways to support The Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI)

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2017 participating LBDI members

The Little Black Dresses are coming!  The Junior League of Phoenix (JLP) is preparing to support the Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI), our advocacy and fundraising campaign against the limits in our community’s health from October 1-5.

LBDI tackles issues in our communities such as limits in health, nutrition, education and advocacy. Through the unstoppable force that is the Junior League women, we will stand united in defiance and bring awareness to these limits by choosing to wear the same little black dress for five consecutive days. Our members will illustrate the limits our community members face in Arizona and how the JLP’s programs improve the fabric of our community.  For more about our community programs, visit

How does it work?
JLP members will sign up to participate in LBDI and set their own personal fundraising goal.

For the week of October 1 – 5, they will wear the same little black dress every day along with their “ask me about my dress” buttons. Every day they will collect donations in person and through their fundraising page, while bringing awareness to the campaign through social media posts, emails and meaningful in-person conversations.

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Members bring awareness to the LBDI cause with social media posts

How can you help?
Join us in the fight to make health limits unfashionable in the following ways:

  1. Purchase a LBDI t-shirt. Proceeds from the sale of the t-shirts will benefit the LBDI and the mission of the JLP. Get yours here

    Use the link above to purchase a 2018 LBDI t-shirt
  2. Sip for a cause. The JLP will be hosting a happy hour in support of the LBDI on Friday, October 5th at the Casablanca Rooftop Lounge in Scottsdale. From 5:00 PM to 8:00, Casablanca will be donating a portion of their proceeds to our LBDI, so be sure to tell them you are with JLP for a wristband. For more information visit our Facebook event page here. Don’t forget to wear your little black dress!

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    2017 participating members celebrating their accomplishments at the LBDI happy hour
  3. Donate directly to the cause. Make a difference and help remove health limitations in our community by donating directly to the LBDI here.
  4. Get Social. Help spread the word by sharing LBDI social media posts from the JLP and participating members using the hashtags #JLPlittleblackdress, #sayyestothelittleblackdress, and #LBDI.

This is our second year of the campaign and last year the Junior League of Phoenix raised almost $25,000! With your help, we hope to increase that number to $30,000, while fighting against the limits in our community’s health.1g6w6VZA
For questions regarding the Little Black Dress Initiative or the Junior League of Phoenix please contact 





JLP Member Spotlight: Kelsey Murrietta

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How many years have you been in the league? This is my 6th active year!  I can’t even believe that.

What committee do you serve on? The best one!  Touch-A-Truck

What is your day job? I wrangle two boys (2 and 5) and do some graphic design from home.

Favorite thing to do in Phoenix? Our Touch-A-Truck event is my favorite! I also love going to Coyotes games, hanging out by the pool, hosting people, and going to look at model homes (so weird, I know).

If you had an extra 8 hours in your day what would you do with it? I would take a nap and maybe do some of the things I pin on Pinterest.

In your opinion what is the best thing about being a JLP member? I love hanging out and volunteering with amazing women!  We have some incredibly talented leaders, and I want to learn from them.

Why did you join the JLP? My friend talked me into it, and I’m so glad she did.  I love the myriad of volunteer opportunities that are available to our league.

What do you want other people to know about JLP? I want people to know all of the ways the JLP has positively impacted Phoenix.  It’s truly remarkable.

Favorite JLP memory? My favorite memory is when the trucks started showing up at the very first Touch-A-Truck at PV Mall.


Learn more about the upcoming Touch-A-Truck event referenced in this spotlight here.

JLP Member Spotlight: Taylor Davis


How many years have you been in the league? This year will be my third active year.


What committee do you serve on? I’m on Rummage Committee, for the third year in a row!

What is your day job?  I’m the Chief Compliance Officer for an investment company.

Favorite thing to do in Phoenix? Trying new restaurants!  We have the best restaurants in the Valley and there are fun, new places opening all the time!  I also love going to the spa!  The Montelucia is my favorite, but there are so many good spas around town.

If you had an extra 8 hours in your day what would you do with it? 8 extra hours?!  I would love to just have one extra hour in the day!  With extra time, I would spend more time with my family.  My husband and I would take our son, Deacon to the aquarium or the park!  I would also get a workout in, catch up on reading and take a nap.  Rest is hard to come by as a mom of a toddler!

In your opinion what is the best thing about being a JLP member? Being a part of the JLP community!  I have met so many amazing women that share many of my values, but come from different walks of life.  I have learned so much from other members and I have enjoyed the camaraderie that comes with working together to make our local community better!  I also love how our members help and support each other.

Why did you join the JLP? I wanted to give back to the community in a more strategic way.  I have always volunteered and donated money to worthy causes.  However, I wanted to be apart of an organization where I could work alongside like-minded people towards common goals such as helping Arizona youth and bettering our community.

What do you want other people to know about JLP?  We have such a diverse membership of intelligent, caring women, who bring their own unique perspectives towards solving problems, raising money and building our community.  The many social events and community impact shifts help strengthen the bonds between members, making JLP more than a non-profit organization, but a family.

Favorite JLP memory?  It’s hard to pick just one, so I’m going to give you two!  My provisional graduation was a great night!  I loved getting to know the other girls in my provisional group and it was fun to celebrate our accomplishment together.  My provisional group has maintained a strong bond and we still get together regularly!  Co-chairing the Rummage Pre-Sale Party for the first time in 2017 was also one of my favorite memories.  My co-chair, Marina and I were asked to chair the event six weeks before, so it was a lot of working putting it together.  It was a fun, successful event and it was awesome seeing all of our hard work come to fruition!

JLP Member Spotlight: Kristine Denholm


How many years have you been in the league?  This is my 6th year (5th active year).

What committee do you serve on?  I’m the VP of JLP’s Community Teams.

What is your day job?  I work for the Department of Justice.

Favorite thing to do in Phoenix?  I really enjoy going to Diamondbacks games, hiking, and discovering new restaurants.

If you had an extra 8 hours in your day what would you do with it?  I would spend more time connecting with friends and family who I don’t get to see often enough!

In your opinion what is the best thing about being a JLP member?  The friendships I’ve made with women who have various backgrounds and interests.

Why did you join the JLP?  After living in Phoenix for a couple of years, I wanted to start volunteering and to become more involved in my community. But no single organization I found seemed to offer everything I was seeking. Also, growing up in the South I’ve always known about the Junior League. Being somewhat familiar with the Junior League, I sought it out for the volunteer opportunities with an access to a wide variety of organizations making an impact in our community.

What do you want other people to know about JLP?  The JLP is more than just an organization of women who wear pearls and sip tea. We’re activists in our community committed to making it a better place for everyone to live.

Favorite JLP memory?  There are so many to pick from! I’ve enjoyed being exposed to a variety of community partners to include building new relationships with organizations as part of my work on JLP’s community committees. However, I also love attending the White Party! It’s always such a fun and well-organized event.