Bonnie Carbert

Bonnie Carbert

Fashion for a good cause

Fashionistas are invited to the Salvation Army Thrift Store mini-fashion show Wednesday at 7pm at the church in East Trail.

Fashionistas will unite and be suited for a bargain this week when the Thrift Store revives its popular fashion show at the Salvation Army Church.

The mini-fashion show and baking sale is slated for Wednesday evening, 7 p.m. at the church’s East Trail locale.

Tickets are limited, $6 each, and on sale now at the Thrift Store on Cedar Avenue.

Bonnie Carbert, organizer of the soiree, decided it was time to bring back the evening of entertainment and fashion after a two-year hiatus from the popular event.

“When we moved the show to the Thrift Store it got so big that I couldn’t manage it anymore,” explained Carbert.

“This year, I decided to go back to where it all started in the church and put on a mini-show instead.”

Preparations for the re-fashion show began this spring when staff began selecting choice pieces of donated clothing including designer blouses, slacks and outer wear, to model and sell at the end of the show.

And secondhand doesn’t mean outdated hand-me-downs because many of the pieces are very gently used or new but available for purchase at bargain basement prices.

“You can easily outfit yourself in some very nice clothing for under $30,” said Carbert.

This year, Carbert, a 19-year Thrift Store manager,  has enlisted five fellow staff and volunteers to walk the runway and showcase numerous outfits that she personally styled.

“I look at the models and pick out what will suit them and be comfortable during the show,” said Carbert, adding,  “this year we have put together nice outfits, many with new tags on them.”

After the runway show, savvy-eyed guests will be invited to sort through racks of clothing filled with affordable options donated by the secondhand store.

“We’ve had a lot of fun picking clothes out and putting the show together,” said Carbert. “But more than anything I like it because the public really likes it.”

The fashion show is a fundraiser, with all proceeds being donated to the Trail Pioneer Club, a community children’s program,  and a territorial women’s ministry.