Operating a thrift shop has always been about community and at the heart of Junior League of New Orleans members. It dates back to 1927 when JLNO first opened a store on Royal Street and continued for 90 years after moving to Freret Street in 1960. This persistence is a testament to our members’ leadership, diligence, and commitment to others.
While we have closed our thrift shop location, we remain committed to continuing the legacy of Bloomin’ Deals as a signature JLNO program to serve and better the Greater New Orleans area. The Bloomin’ Deals Legacy Project was born out of acomprehensive evaluation process and is comprised of new partnerships with three local programs — SWAP, Dress for Success, and the Youth Empowerment Project. Partnerships with these programs will work together to fill the needs left by the sale and shuttering of the thrift shore while still marking a path forward for Bloomin’ Deals. Fortuitously, all three programs were founded and/or are run by women.
Bloomin’ Deals Legacy Project Partners
Swap is a carefully-curated consignment boutique with multiple locations. Customers (League and non-League members) can bring their items for consignment to Swap and designate all or a portion of sales to JLNO. Additionally, SWAP will donate 10% of its own profit from those sales to JLNO.
Dress for Success New Orleans is a nonprofit dedicated to empowering women in the workplace through mentoring, training and gently-used, business-oriented women’s clothing. They are located at 1700 Josephine Street, Suite #101, New Orleans, LA 70113.
Youth Empowerment Project is a nonprofit that engages under-served young people through community-based education, mentoring, and employment readiness programs. They are located at 1604 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113. Not only do JLNO members support YEP with donations, they also provide volunteers for mentoring, job training, and tutoring.