Fashions paraded

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Fashions paraded

Everything old was new again at Penola’s St Mary’s Op Shop fashion parade, which proved to be a resounding huge success.

Shop manager Kath McCash was delighted with the turnout, which attracted people from throughout the region.

“We had people come from Coleraine, Mount Gambier, Naracoorte as well as many locals,” she said.

“Forty five people filled the Penola RSL hall, and they were treated to an afternoon of fun and fashion.”

Guests were treated to a glass of bubbles on entry along with a plenty of savoury treats and sandwiches.

Mrs McCash welcomed everyone and acknowledged the work of the volunteers who had originally established the op shop, and those who worked for many years and have handed the baton on.

Seven models aged 17 to 80 and in sizes ranging from eight to 18 paraded clothing donated by the op shop.

Mrs McCash said the audience appreciated the variety and loved the clothing modelled in the categories of casual day wear and evening wear, and were surprised at how many items still had tags on them.

One of the volunteers explained how the op shop recycles many items by donating to other op shops, selling rags and shoes that are remade into yoga mats, as well as selling quality clothing, kitchenware, linen and bric-a-brac.

The raffle was drawn and extra shopping vouchers were given out as well as a 25% discount for those attending, before a second parade wowed the audience.

The afternoon finished with Mrs McCash thanking pianist Rod Enniss and the 10 volunteers who worked tirelessly to bring the day together.

Mrs McCash said many of the attendees used their vouchers to purchase items they had seen featured in the parade.

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