Next-to-New Sale

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

The Next-to-New Sale held on Homecoming weekend raises funds for student financial aid. We collect your new and gently used items for resale to the SFS community and the public. In recent years the sale grossed over $100,000, was attended by hundreds of shoppers, and included items ranging in price from 50 cents to $500. See below for a list of what we accept and what we sell. Items we can't sell are donated to over a dozen charities or sent to recycling centers.

dates for the 2018 Next-to-New Sale

Thursday, October 11, 4–8 p.m. (SFS faculty and staff only)
Friday, October 12, 9:30 a.m.–8 p.m. (SFS community only)
Saturday, October 13, 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m. (public shopping day)
Sunday, October 14, 10:00 a.m.–3 p.m. (public shopping day)

Donating items

September Donation Days at Wannan Gym
Mondays: 8-10 a.m.
Wednesdays: 8-10 a.m.
Saturdays: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

September Donation Days at Lower School
Fridays: 8-9 a.m.

Our biggest needs include bicycles, clothing (including boutique items, bags, wallets, jewelry, and 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 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 nonworking appliances and electronics.


Volunteer to help before, during, or after the sale

More than 200 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. We also have needs that can be met by volunteers who can't come to campus. 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 (Monday, October 15). Volunteers who work six hours or more are invited to shop the pre-sale on October 12! Learn more about volunteer opportunities.

2018/19 Next-to-New Leadership Team

Carrie Beaudreau, Wendy Cividanes, Betsy Lobel, Helen Pearson, Kay Stevens ’68, Jesse Cowan, Rob Loring, Amy MacIsaac, Vanessa Miranda, and Maggie Prieto