The word, meaning special decorative clothes worn for official ceremonies, isn't the moniker of the newest famous fashion designer or expensive brand; it's the name of
The store is having a special bag sale this Wednesday to close out the season, according to
"She was wearing this beautiful dress," Kaplan said, of the young woman at the president's dinner. "President Vancko told her she loved it and the girl excitedly said, 'I got it at Regalia!' It cost her a dollar."
Kaplan said the store has been "hugely" successful since opening
But what makes the thrift store special, Kaplan said, is the fact that all proceeds go toward the college scholarship endowment. Since its opening, Regalia has earned more than
"We had no idea how well it would do financially," Kaplan said.
Thanks to student volunteers, Regalia is open from
They also enjoy shopping there, and frequently get excited over gently used "gems" they find. This "makes it all worthwhile," according to Kaplan.
"They come rushing into the store all the time saying 'I need a jacket' or 'I need dress pants!" Kaplan said. "Not everyone comes to college with professional clothing, but many need them for a presentation, project or class."
The idea for Regalia came about when someone came into the president's office wearing a "really nice jacket," which she had purchased at an
"We started talking about how nice it would be if
At this Wednesday's bag sale, shoppers will be able to fill a bag for
Any clothes that aren't sold Wednesday will be donated to local organizations such as the
Old shirts and fabric are also recycled as "bags of rags," which are given to college janitors, as well as the automotive, carpentry and veterinary science programs, Kaplan said.
"If items still have life in them, we're not going to just clog up the transfer stations with them," Kaplan said. "We try to keep passing it on."
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