Friday, March 5, 2021

Bargain Basket Runway Fashion Show – Couture du Tour

Couture du Jour

Couture du Jour

By Maureen Chodaba

A popular shopping place for both locals and tourists alike, the Bargain Basket, located at 750 Bald Eagle Drive offers quality gently used merchandise at reasonable prices. But the word bargain doesn’t just mean low prices in this case. It also means value. And that pertains to the valuable mission of the Bargain Basket. Established in 1975, it serves as a ministry of the United Church. Proceeds from sales help fund local and global humanitarian efforts of philanthropy.

Famous for its stylish clothing and accessories, the Bargain Basket recently held a runway fashion show at the United Church. “Couture du Jour,” chaired by Arleen Soldano, offered light refreshments, a vast array of raffle items and apparel of every style and taste modeled on a red carpet runway by some very chic Marco Islanders.

Janet Watson welcomed the crowd by thanking all those who support the Bargain Basket. She said “We thank those who donate, those who volunteer and those who buy.” Rev. Mark Williams bestowed the blessing and presented Bargain Basket manager Sue Woods with a $1,000 love offering to aid in their efforts. All proceeds from the fashion event will benefit the Liberty Youth Ranch, a long-term group home for Florida’s orphaned, abused, abandoned, neglected and homeless children. With a highly trained staff, the Liberty Youth Ranch is focused on ensuring each child’s education and high school graduation in a nurturing home environment.

Show emcees Priscilla Penn and Jean O’Neill lit up the runway as they sashayed in with lampshades as



hats, jokingly reminding us that the Bargain Basket offers decorative and functional wares for the home as well as fashions.

Then it was time for the models to take over and strut their stuff in style! Patti LaMotte was the epitome of class in a Lilly Pulitzer dress and accessories. Sue Kozlowski sparkled in an accented jean jacket by Chico’s, while Deb Summers got sassy with suede button earrings, a cloth paper mache necklace and a stretch bracelet. Luisa Diamante defined haute couture with an eye-catching large gold leather purse. Cheryl Mort looked smart and crisp in black and white, completed with a unique “ant scarf” and Chico’s necklace. Sheila Sawyer showed us tropical elegance in a flowing turquoise vest with a hue so brilliant, it reminded us of the sea. Lee Turner was a vision of the Wild West in a white dress topped with a jean jacket and cowboy hat.

Model Ken Kozlowski delivered the “Wow” factor to the show as he literally rocked the runway. He gave us all putting tips in black shorts and a black and red striped golf shirt, and later brought some attitude in denim, hiding behind very cool sunglasses. Emcee Jean O’Neill urged the ladies in the audience to gently remind their other halves that the Bargain Basket always needs male volunteers.

These fashions and more are all on sale at the Bargain Basket. Be sure to get there soon and often as the inventory is continuously changing.

For more information contact Bargain Basket store manager Sue Woods at 239-394-6640.

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