Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bargain Shoppers: This Sale Is for You

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bargain Shoppers: This Sale Is for You

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THERE'S nothing sad about secondhand clothes when it comes to the Couturier Sale of the St. Louis Section, National Council of Jewish Women.

Now in its 31st year, the annual sale at the Council Shop - headquarters of specially selected gently worn or new clothing, including couturier designs that may have been worn only once or twice - draws women as efficiently as a magnet draws slivers of metal.

To catch the crowd at 10914 Page Avenue as they line up with dawn's early light, parked in their lawn chairs to be first in the door when the sale opens at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, gives a true appreciation of premiere shopping.

These guys and gals are going to get there first for the best.

The sale will run from 1 to 8 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 22, 23 and 24.

According to Farilyn Hale, NCJW vice president of retail, a position which includes chairing the sale and the Council Shop year-round, there are so many goodies available this year that there is no danger of running out of quality items. They've spotted exclusive one-of-a-kind designer dresses, Louis Ferraud suits, and Valentino gowns; styles from Albert Nipon, Anne Klein, Halston, and the step-down clothing of Liz Claiborne, Evan Picone and Jones New York, plus racks and racks of separates, chiefly sweaters and pants.

"We have literally thousands of garments, all marked down to a fraction of their retail price," Hale said in a telephone interview.

"For example, a suit with matching blouse that retails for $1,000 may go for $50. We have all sizes and styles. We have ball gowns that have been worn only once or twice, wedding gowns worn once, tuxedos and new Miss Elaine nightwear. Brown Shoe Co. has donated hundreds of new women's and children's shoes, and we have some exclusive new garments donated by Les Enfants."

According to Hale, the volunteers of NCJW have been working on this sale almost since the last sale ended a year ago.

"Bede Wolff, who started the sale, is in charge of collecting the merchandise, with a committee of helpers," Hale said.

They have collected furs, silver pieces, bric-a-brac and porcelains to augment the array of clothing for men, women and children that fills the racks in 17,000 square feet. …

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