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Thrifty fashion show raises money for charity local schools

on Tuesday,January 11,2011 20:01

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Recently, one group of models proved that charity events do not have to be boring, unfashionable affairs.

Approximately 20 people modeled second-hand clothing to an audience of more than 100 people to raise money for Montgomery County public schools and nonprofits, according to the Washington Post. The wardrobe on display came from the Unique Thrift Store in Silver Spring, Maryland, which originally launched a campaign to raise money in 2010. In total, the business was able to collect more than $10,000 in gift certificates.

"We know [the local residents] shop in our stores and we appreciate that," Dave Kloeber, president and chief executive of the parent company of Unique Thrift Store, told the news source. "We wanted to find a way to give back to them."

The clothing items on display ranged from baby pieces to ensembles for older women. Many of the outfits were reasonably priced at $20 or less.

"The $100,000 they donate every year helps fill the gap left by dwindling county budgets," George Leventhal, Montgomery County council member, told the news source.

Employment in fashion design is predicted to rise by 1 percent over the next seven years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
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