Finding reasonably priced professional attire can at times be a difficult task, especially when you are a recent college graduate and are applying for a job for the first time.
State Fair Community College has a way to help not only college graduates but anyone who is looking for quality clothing at a reasonable price at its 12th annual Hire Attire Sale.
“Wednesday everything is priced at $2 an item,” Polly Grapes, director of the SFCC Campus Store, said. “On Thursday we mark everything down to $1.
“We really have a lot of nice items this year, in fact we have so many things that we couldn’t get it all out for the beginning of the sale so we will be filling the racks as we sell items,” Grapes added. “We started with 35 racks of clothing (Wednesday) morning.”
The sale is sponsored by the college’s business department and Phi Beta Lambda and features business and business casual clothing for both men and women.
“We have everything from jackets, slacks, suits, blouses, skirts, dresses, shirts and sweaters,” Grapes said. “We also have all kinds of accessories for sale as well.
“We started this years ago because we knew there was a need for our students who needed nice clothing for job interviews,” she added. “It’s also a really good way for individuals to donate clothing to a good cause.”
Grapes serves as the coordinator for the student fashion show hosted in conjunction with the sale.
“It was really nerve-wracking being there in front of everyone,” said Brooklyn Johnson, a freshman web development major. “I’m going to buy the outfit that I modeled but I still want to do some more shopping.
“The prices are so good,” Johnson added. “My friends and I can’t believe that we could get clothes for $2 apiece.”
All of the money raised from the clothing sale funds student scholarships at SFCC.
This year a new fund has been created through the SFCC Foundation. The Jo Perusich Memorial Lectureship Fund was created in memory of former SFCC business instructor Jo Perusich.
Perusich died in January after battling cancer.
“The Lectureship Fund is a way to bring guest speakers to the college for our students,” Jodi Fudge, co-chair of the Hire Attire Sale, said.
The fundraiser will feature the opportunity to win a Louis Vuitton handbag, or a Vera Bradley tablet hipster or Vera Bradley briefcase.
Three individuals will be chosen and each will win each one of the items. Tickets for the drawing are $2 each or three for $5. The tickets are available throughout the sale.
“Last year we had our best sale ever,” Fudge said. “We raised $2,600 and we have had a strong and steady group of customers so far (Wednesday) morning.
“The sale was open to our students from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Wednesday) morning and (Wednesday) night we will be open from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. for the public.”
The sale will also be open to the public from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday.
There is also a “Hire Me Help Desk,” 10 a.m. to noon Thursday.
The event, hosted by Phi Beta Lambda, is an opportunity to receive help in resume writing and interviewing tips and is in room 812 of the Heckart Science and Allied Health Center.
“We have another special event with the sale,” Fudge said. “If a customer buys 10 or more items during the sale they can register to win gift cards from JCPenney’s.
“We had drawings for four $100 cards on Wednesday, and will have four $50 cards on Thursday,” Fudge added. “The sale benefits such a worthy cause so that people will come and take advantage of the sale and support the scholarship fund at the college.”
The sale continues through noon Thursday in the Thompson Conference Center at State Fair Community College.
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484