Spotlight to shine on thrift shop fashions

<I>Submitted photo</I><BR>Ready to serve as co-hosts for the Soroptimists/AAUW fashion show Monday, April 21, are, left to right, Ann Browder, James Johnson and Judy Wandschneider, all proudly wearing Soroptimist Thrift Shop fashions.

In big cities, fashionable dressers often spend big money at vintage shops to recreate trendy looks from the past. In Wallowa County, anyone can find the same stylish attire for next to nothing by visiting the Soroptimist Thrift Shop on Mondays or Tuesdays.

"Fashion Shmashion: A Runway Revue" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 21, in OK Theatre is a collaborative event by the local Soroptimists and American Association of University Women (AAUW) that promises to prove that you can find any outfit you desire at the local thrift shop.

Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under, with all proceeds earmarked for womens' scholarships from Soroptimists and AAUW. Tickets are available at the Bookloft and Soroptimist shop in Enterprise, BeeCrowBee in Joseph and at the door (if available).

"Last year's show was a big hit," said Ann Browder, fashion show coordinator, of the first fashion extravaganza. She said that afterwards many in the audience came in to the shop to buy clothes they'd seen in the store. "We made them hunt for it," Browder said of the show wardrobe, which was put back on the racks rather than in a separate spot.

Browder of the Soroptimists and Judy Wandschneider of AAUW will team up with James Johnson, a standout bathrobe model in last year's show, to act as emcees and hosts for the 2008 event.

"Wallowa County Through the Years" will be the theme of the fashion display, which will feature enthusiastic local models.

Musical entertainment will be provided by the duo of Mark Lacey and Bill Cavanaugh, soloist Helene Hipple and a musical group made up of Janis Carper, Pam Royce, Monika Hunter and Carolyn Lochert, all dressed in Soroptimist Thrift Shop costumes.

Last year the Soroptimists organization celebrated its 60th anniversary, while the shop observed its 50th year.

After half a century, the thrift shop is still thriving. "We had a huge year," Browder said.

Everyone is invited for a night of fashion, fun and light-hearted entertainment while supporting a good cause at the runway revue.

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