Thrift Shop styles all the rage at fashion show

By Dorothy Jennings
Thrift Shop devotees were treated to an extravaganza on Saturday afternoon at the sixth annual Fashion Show hosted by the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center held at the Purcell Center.
Spearheaded by Eleanor Barrack, this fun occasion commands a loyal following of dedicated bargain hunters, and was sold out a week prior to show time. If there is a woman alive who can resist a good deal, she hasn’t crossed my path…just view the news clips of shoppers waiting on endless lines at Wal-Mart the Friday after Thanksgiving beginning at Midnight!
With a flair for style and fashion, Eleanor begins selecting items donated to the Thrift Shop located on Main Street, Margaretville a full six months in advance. Recruiting models of all ages, shapes and sizes, she easily cajoled a coterie of male “volunteers” to strut the runway. Bill Thompson looking like a country squire and 14-year-old James Warner who hammed it up as Indiana Jones, were joined by Chuck Ingram to show off examples of male finery that can be purchased at the Thrift Shop on a regular basis.
A svelte Beth Mami modeled a sophisticated dress and scarf combo, while Joanne Hunt looked sleek in a black leather skirt and jacket and Arlene Stanford was dressed for success for an upcoming business luncheon. The Ingrams made it a family affair as Christina displayed a chic evening ensemble and her nine-year-old daughter Caranne wore a pink Barbie jeans outfit. Kathie Herbst who is Co-Chair of the Thrift Shop, topped off each of her designs with a fashionable hat. Proving that a woman on a budget has options, Rita Abarca paraded down the aisle dressed as a Victorian bride, and “yes,” the Thrift Shop does receive donations of bridal gowns and bridesmaids dresses. Incorporating her managerial skills, Ronnie Dailey kept the models on time and in proper order.
Attendees really enjoyed the younger set including sisters Alexa and Ava Zuccaro; Emma and Perri Ribaudo; Bianca and Alexis Molnar; Madison and Lennon Tomaselli; as well as Larissa Maxim and Hailey McGinnis. There is always a large selection of children’s items offered at the store and the youngsters even sported Halloween costumes.
Orchestrating an event such as this requires the contributions of many in the community. Sue Adams, president of the auxiliary, was assisted by an entire group of ladies who prepared a gourmet lunch including Margarite Bertrand who pitched in serving the cuisine. The silent auction and 50/50 drawing were a success and a handmade quilt, compliments of Pat Gallagher all helped raise a nice sum that will be turned over to the hospital.
To learn more about the Thrift Shop, located at 850 Main Street, Margaretville, please call 845 586-3737.