GROOVY: Don Campbell of Lismore, Amanda Bryen of McLeans Ridges, Casey Curtis of Tatham, and Jessie New of Caniaba preparing for the Op Shop Ball to support Relay for Life.
GROOVY: Don Campbell of Lismore, Amanda Bryen of McLeans Ridges, Casey Curtis of Tatham, and Jessie New of Caniaba preparing for the Op Shop Ball to support Relay for Life. Cathy Adams

Op shop fashionistas

OP SHOPPING is becoming trendier with the cool set every year and now our local charities are getting in on the action.

To kick off the lead-up to its April 2014 event, the team behind the Lismore and Villages Relay for Life is inviting the community to an op shop ball on April 20.

That means the theme is 100% op shop, with no exceptions except for socks and undies.

The sartorial curators among us - those who take their op shopping seriously - are also invited to get up on the catwalk and shake their style.

Prizes for the best dressed female and male will be handed out, but judges are remaining circumspect on the judging criteria.

"As long as it's from the op shop, anything goes," event organiser Casey Curtis said.

"It can be eccentric or stunning, or both."

"Perhaps something a bit out there, or something a bit vintage."

Ms Curtis said for those wanting to join the catwalk fray, genuine op-shop receipts must be made available, so don't forget to collect them upon purchase.

Several other prizes will be awarded throughout the night, including local gym memberships to Summit Sports and Fitness Centre and Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre.

There'll also be a silent auction with plenty of local products up for the taking, and a professional photo booth for those who would like a memento of their fashion experiment.

Previous Relay for Life events have been a major contributor to local charity Our House, with events held on alternate years in Ballina and Lismore.

"This is the official launch of our 2014 relay, and a ball is a good way to start it off," Ms Curtis said.

 

 

Op-shop ball

 

When: Saturday, April 20

Where: Italo-Australia Club, North Lismore.

Dress code: Op shop

Tickets: $50 per ticket includes three-course meal and entertainment including a local band.



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