This is not your ordinary sale. The ‘Nearly New Sale’ features merchandise at bargain-basement prices. Shoppers from around Stockton, Tracy, Lodi and Sacramento and throughout the Central Valley come to this unique pop-up retail space at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton where brand new or nearly new clothing, shoes, accessories and home décor is available starting at just $1.
The event is scheduled for Friday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Danner Hall on the Delta campus, 5151 Pacific Ave., Stockton.
Local retailers and manufacturers donate brand new clothes for men, women and children, as well as shoes, jewelry, purses, wallets, scarves, home goods, and formal dresses for Delta’s Fashion Program students to sell in their popular semi-annual sales. Attendees are asked to bring their own recycled shopping bags to hold their purchases.
The inventory comes from local retailers in Lincoln Center of Stockton and on Stockton’s Miracle Mile, as well as other local businesses and some San Francisco-based manufacturers like The Sak, Weston Wear, TSD, Flax Designs, Rose Dress Company and Cut Loose. High-end retailers like Gump’s of San Francisco and Pottery World in Granite Bay have also donated huge amounts of merchandise to the sale.
The Nearly New Sale has become a favorite among regular customers who have scouted prestigious brands from Levi’s to Joie and shoe brands from Nine West to Coach. The inventory varies as the donations arrive throughout the year.
Last fall, the sale featured 18 cases of formal and wedding dresses from the Bay-Area based Rose Dress Company, which provided over 300 wedding, bridesmaid and prom dresses, as well as donations from The Elizabeth in Lodi and other local salons. These brand new dresses, which retail for $400 to $1000, were priced between $5 for prom dresses and $30 for wedding dresses.
This year’s sale features some vintage designer women’s apparel from Armani, Chanel, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta and James Galanos, among others, priced as low as $25. This is a special donation of vintage clothing in perfect condition.
“We are so fortunate to have the support from our own fashion industry, both locally and nationally,” said Leslie Asfour, the Director of Delta’s Fashion Program. “We also have an incredibly supportive group of industry leaders who continue to donate to this event. We couldn’t have done it without them.”
The Fashion Event Production class produces this sale to help finance the yearly Designer’s Collection Fashion Show, set for May 5, 2017. The students plan and execute this event from start to finish. They solicit businesses for merchandise, price the clothing, shoes, accessories and home décor, set the floor layout, and market the event. The students take what they learn in classes, merchandising and marketing, and apply it. They have an experience similar to those they will have in the industry.