Join us for our popular Next-to-New Sale! We need your help to make this event successful.

We’re looking for volunteers and people to donate new or gently used items to support Sidwell Friends and benefit the greater DC community. All proceeds benefit student financial aid, and all unsold items go to local charities. Anything unfit for charity is recycled. In recent years, the Next-to-New Sale grossed over $100,000, was attended by thousands of buyers, and included items ranging in cost from 50 cents to $500. Check out photos from last year’s sale!

Here are the dates for this year’s Next-to-New Sale:

Thursday, October 12, 4–8 p.m. (SFS faculty and staff only)
Friday, October 13, 9:30 a.m.–8 p.m. (SFS community only)
Saturday, October 14, 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m. (public shopping day)
Sunday, October 15, 10:00 a.m.–3 p.m. (public shopping day)

You can drop off items at the beginning of the school year.

If your child is in Upper or Middle School, please drop off items at the Wannan Gym. This opportunity is available from Wednesday, September 6, through Saturday, October 1. Weekly collection days will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 to 10 a.m. and on Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m.

If your child is in Lower School, campus pickups will take place on Fridays in September, from Friday, September 8, to Friday, September 29. Pickup times will be from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. Please look for our sign outside Manor House.

Our biggest needs include bicycles, clothing (including boutique items, bags, wallets, jewelry, shoes), toys, housewares, furniture, rugs, lamps, sporting equipment, baby equipment (including strollers and other gear), infant and toddler clothing, and children’s books. See the full list here. All donations are eligible for a tax deduction; please see our donation receipt form for more information.

We will not resell or donate items deemed unsafe by the CPSC. Please see the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall website for information on unsafe products. We do not accept mattresses, car seats, infant bath seats, or non-working appliances and electronics.

Volunteer to help before, during, or after the sale.

More than 250 volunteers give their time every year to sort, organize, price, and sell donated items. Volunteers are helpful whether they have 30 minutes or 30 hours to spare, and the sale involves many student- and grandparent-friendly tasks. Volunteering for the sale is also a great way to meet new members of the Sidwell Friends community and reconnect with old friends—sorting and talking go hand-in-hand! We also need volunteers for the end of the sale who can help us organize unpurchased items for Charity Day. All volunteers get to shop the pre-sale on October 13! To sign up, please contact us directly at

Join us for our first all-School Next-to-New community service afternoon on Saturday, September 16, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (this is also the afternoon of the first home football game of the year). Please sign up if you plan to join us—we want to make sure we’ve got projects lined up for all our volunteers!

For more information, please email

2017/18 Next-to-New Leadership Team:

Carrie Beaudreau, Wendy Cividanes, Karen James, Amy Javaid, Betsy Lobel, Helen Pearson, and Kay Stevens ’68.