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Looking for designer clothes at warehouse prices? Sound too good to be true? That’s what the Maryhouse staffers thought also when they first heard they would be hosting a designer warehouse sale to benefit their charity.

The fundraiser will be held Friday and Saturday on the 25th floor of the U.S. Bank building at 621 Capitol Mall. The space has yet to be rented and was offered to them to hold the event.

“This is a huge, unusual opportunity that came our way,” said Connie Frank, Maryhouse co-director. “We’re used to doing other smaller fundraisers, but this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

The opportunity came along in September when a benefactor, who wishes to remain anonymous, closed six of her seven high-end boutique retail stores and decided to donate the stores’ contents to Maryhouse, according to Frank.

Since Maryhouse only has six full- and part-time staff members, this effort relies heavily on volunteers like Nancy Cordano, who used to be a national buyer for Nordstrom in the designer women’s apparel department and has been volunteering 25 hours a week for the last three weeks.

She has been pricing the items at 75 percent off or more and said there are a lot of high-end brands among the more than 40,000 pieces, including Charmel, Lillith, Cosabella, Elm and others.

Some of these high-end items include coats originally sold for $1300 now $279, $200 lingerie for $19, skirts, dresses, bras, scarves, tights, cashmere tops, jeans and children’s clothing.

The clothing is primarily women’s and children’s, but men are encouraged to come and get some holiday shopping out of the way.

“This woman had exquisite taste in her buying and bought some really fine merchandise,” Cordano said.

Co-Director Rebecca Hugo said this couldn’t have come at a better time.

“This time of the year we’re looking on the winter months coming, and there’s really a limited number of shelter beds for families,” Hugo said. “We’re in crisis mode, and there’s less money to do things like winter shelter.”

Since there will be no winter overflow shelter usually at Cal Expo, they are looking for ways to provide things like warm jackets and winter arrangements for women and children.

“We’re seeing this as a way to get through the winter,” Hugo added. “That’s forefront in our minds.”

The event will be held from 3- 8 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Ticket prices are $40 for Friday and $15 for Saturday. They are available at the door or online. 

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