If it’s around time for Independence Day, it’s also around the time for the annual Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation’s big fundraiser and mitzvah project, the Nearly New Sale at the synagogue.
Shoppers interested in obtaining high-quality merchandise at bargain prices will be lining up at 3737 West Esplanade Avenue in Metairie this Sunday, July 8, prior to the projected 10:00 a.m. opening. The sales will continue until 2:00 p.m. before closing for the da
Sales begin anew on Monday, July 9 with another 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. sales period. This year an additional afternoon and evening sale will be held on Tuesday, July 10, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
A special “half-priced” day will be held next Sunday, July 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. before the final clearance “bag sale” occurs on Monday, July 16 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
“I’ve always said this is the single best program that we do because it is such a mitzvah,” said Will Samuels, the former administrator for the synagogue and one of the lead volunteers for the annual sale. “Not only does it allow people to help clean out their homes and clean out their closets, but we’re able to offer this really excellent product at affordable prices.”
In addition to helping people get rid of their clutter, Samuels says the quality is something that keeps people coming back year after year. “So, to be able to reach out to the community and say ‘Hey we’ve got the business suits. We’ve got this furniture. We’ve got the housewares. We’ve got the china, office supplies, whatever, at really, really great prices,” he continued. “So, it allows people with limited income to be able to buy quality merchandise at cheap prices.”
Samuels stated that the sale has been the brainchild of the synagogue for over 50 years. Revenue derived from the Nearly New Sale has supported many of the synagogue’s programs, but it also helps other non-profits, who receive the benefit of the unsold items at the conclusion of the sale.
Samuels added that many non-profits like Bridge House, Dress for Success, Friends of the Library and other agencies receive those items for their own use.
The Nearly New Sale also helps the environment (less landfill use) by reselling unwanted goods, he added.