Raema Herron and Des Perkins model pre-loved clothing items while Diane Perry and Pam Frith (at rear) check out some of the latest stock.
Raema Herron and Des Perkins model pre-loved clothing items while Diane Perry and Pam Frith (at rear) check out some of the latest stock. Blainey Woodham

Pre-loved clothes on catwalk

FOR the local Goonellabah Anglican Op Shop workers the annual Op Shop fashion parade helps continue an old tradition in a new way while providing social contact for members of the Goonellabah and broader community.

"We used to get together for an annual fashion parade for a store called Jeanette's and when that closed we thought we would try an op shop parade," Goonellabah Anglican Op Shop secretary Faye Virtue said.

"I think we are pretty unique having an op shop fashion parade and we are the only op shop in the Goonellabah area."

Now in its third year, attendance at the parade has grown each year from 100 to 140 and organisers are hoping that a sumptuous afternoon tea and the increase in the number of male models at this year's event might help attract a bigger audience

Eleven models will take to the catwalk in the Anglican Church hall in Zadoc St, Lismore on Saturday at 1.30pm.

Proving that all types of clothing can be found in ops shops and that the demand for op shop clothing hasn't diminished over the years the parade will showcase a variety of clothes, including sleepwear, daywear, casual evening and sportswear.

Ms Virtue said there used to be a stigma but not any more.

"It's usually good clothing; economically it's good value and if times are tough it's good for families for shopping," she said.

"There'll also be a range of sizes and all items are priced between $4-$6."

An afternoon tea is included in the ticket price.

The Op Shop is still seeking a permanent location in Goonellabah and hopes to open its doors in June in new premises.

Until that happens, if anyone wants to score a bargain the Anglican Op Shop fashion parade on Saturday might just be the place to do it.



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