Janet Watson, UCMI’s Mission Chair, stated that the total costs of the outfits shown ranged from a jaw dropping $3 to $45. Not bad considering the retail prices of the donated merchandise.
Table decorations were fashionable shoes and handbags gleaned from “Basket” merchandise. The delicious luncheon of chicken Caesar salad and apple tarts was catered by Stonewalls of Marco Island. Accompanying music was provided by Kay Nolte.
Once again this year, Fannie Frugal (Judy Daye) made an appearance to showing all her frugal shopping ways learned at theBargain Basket, stating that she was an avid proponent of consumer awareness and that her outfit represented the ultimate recycling Character actor, Daye, modeled her homemade creations which featured a dress made of plastic lids and ahat, bag and shoes fashioned from a discarded vinyl tablecloth.
The fashion show sponsor, Bargain Basket, located on Bald Eagle Drive, is the UCMI’s thrift shop. Proceeds from sales at the shop are used to support a number of local charities which include St. Matthew’s House, Marketplace Mission Learning Center, Habitat for Humanity, the Guadalupe Center of Immokalee and The Shelter for Abused Women and Children. Church moderator, Karen Hearn, stated in her remarks that Habitat residents are given vouchers to the store so that they may select furnishings for their homes and clothing for their families. The store is open Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM with extended hours on Thursday until 7 PM. In addition to fashions and jewelry, the store sells house wares and furniture. The store is hugely successful thanks to the generous donations of goods by members of the community, the many loyal shoppers who patronize it looking for treasures, and the countless volunteers who staff it. “Basket” manager, Sue Woods, asked for a show of hands, it appeared that about 40 percent of the people enjoying the fashion show were currently or had been volunteers.