What is an NCT SORTED Nearly New Sale?
SORTED Nearly New Sales are a fantastic opportunity to pick up excellent quality ‘nearly new’ baby and child clothing and equipment at fantastic prices. They are not like jumble sales, but well organised and quality-controlled!
Will I have to queue for a long time?
Our sales are very popular, as they offer excellent quality ‘nearly new’ goods at super prices, so buyers do like to start queuing early. However, within about ten minutes of the start time everyone is inside the hall. If you bring along your NCT membership card you can join the members’ queue and get in 15 minutes early.
Will I be able to find everything I need?
We sort all the items in to departments for ease of shopping. This is a ticketed "SORTED" sale, not a table top sale, so all toys are together and clothes are sorted by age, gender and type. Similarly, all of our maternity wear is on one rail and you will be able to try things on for size too! Cots and moses baskets are in one place and so on. It's definitely not like a jumble sale!
Can I bring my children along?
We recommend that you arrange alternative childcare so that you have both hands free for shopping! If this is not possible, there will be an unsupervised buggy park to leave your buggy in.
Why can't I bring my pushchair or buggy? Aren't you all about babies?
We have so many people trying to get to the items for sale that pushchairs cause a real problem. If you can, ask a friend to babysit, or to at least come with you to the sale to hold your baby or keep an eye on your toddler while you shop. Failing that, do you have or can you borrow a sling or carrier? If you have never been before, imagine the first-day-of-the-sales scrum as people dash for the best bargains. Do you really want to be trying to negotiate that with a pushchair?
Are there any ‘facilities’?
There are toilets and changing facilities. We also have a refreshments area where you can buy hot / cold drinks and home made cakes, sit down and enjoy a well deserved rest and a chat. You are, of course, welcome to feed babies too.
Are the prices really as cheap as people say?
YES! Many items of baby clothing sell for 50p to £1 each.
To give you an idea here are some examples of recent bargains:
- Monsoon girl’s hoodie – 50p
- Fisher Price Little People Noah’s Ark – £3.50
- Gro-bag Sleeping bag - £4.00
- John Lewis Snowsuit - £8
- Little Tikes Giant Slide - £15
Will there be any other traders there?
There will be a limited number of trade stands for you to shop with or talk to. They are, of course, all baby and children related and usually have some fantastic things on offer.
How can I pay for my purchases?
We accept credit and debit cards. There is a small fee of 50p to cover our costs. You can also pay by cash, but unfortunately we will no longer be able to accept personal cheques.