It's coming: Goodwill's Little Black Dress Fashion Show (& Boutique Shopping!)

Friends, I told you I would tell you when this was happening.  It is HAPPENING!  If you like to thrift shop, but never can find "The Good Stuff", mark your calendars.  Goodwill’s 2nd Annual Little Black Dress Fashion Show will be held on Thursday, October 16th at the Avalon Manor Banquet Center in Merrillville, Indiana.  

You remember when I walked the catwalk for Goodwill's Little Black Dress Fashion Show last year at Strong Bow Inn.  You may have seen my AWESOME bright blue trench coat  I wore & bought for $4.00  It is MAGIC on me. Kathy Friend  picked it out for me and I do not understand why, but that coat makes me look GREAT.  

If you have seen me dressed up in the last year, it was in one of the two vintage LBD I bought from Goodwill's Little Black Dress Fashion Show for $10.  Both are totally my style, fit me perfectly and were CHEAP.  I could throw them away I have already gotten so much utility from them in one year...but they are magically timeless and will be favorites for many years.

I just spent two hours shopping Target, Marshall's and JC Penny's looking for a cross body purse, and came home empty handed.  I dug out my Black Leather Tignanello purse from Goodwill's Little Black Dress Fashion Show that had WAY more character than the pleather $30 and $40 purses I almost bought. I bought it at Goodwill's Boutique during the fashion show for $7.00.  They go for about $100 online. It is leather.  Thank you very much.

I confess:  The lunch & fashion show was expensive to my stay at home mama budget at $40.  But let me tell you something, folks, PAY IT.  IT IS WORTH IT.  The price includes lunch, fashion show and access to the boutique.  I do not know brand names, and certainly not higher end stuff.  Imagine someone who did handpicking all the best stock from ALL THE GOODWILL STORES IN NORTHERN INDIANA.  Yeah.  That is what is in the boutique.  And you are shopping all of it half off just for attending the luncheon and fashion show.  And it isn't crowded either. I didn't get into a single fisticuff with anyone. I'm totally going even though I will have to buy my own lunch this year.  It is worth in in deals and quality merchandise.  Especially if you are some kind of budget fashinonista.

OH, and the money goes to a good cause.  Goodwill Industries of Michiana is partnering with Comcast, Adams Radio Group and WIMS-AM to raise funds to support their mission to provide jobs, training and placement services for people with barriers to employment.

Models will walk the runway in clothing from Goodwill showcasing the latest fashion trends while guests enjoy a gourmet lunch.  Kathy Friend, nationally known as a stylist and image consultant and President of the Style and Image Institute, will produce and host the program.  She will be joined by Emcee Laura Waluszko, Adams Radio Group News Director.  WIMS-AM Partner and General Manager, Ric Federighi will join the event as Goodwill’s Celebrity Model. 

Guests will enjoy shopping in the Goodwill Boutique complete with dressing rooms to find that perfect outfit.  Doors open at 10:00 am for shopping 50% Off in the Goodwill Boutique and the Luncheon / Fashion Show will begin at 11:30 am.  Again, the price for the lunch, fashion show and boutique access is only $40....and if you buy tickets after October 1st, the price goes to $45, so buy em NOW people!  It is worth it.

Event               The Little Black Dress Fashion Show

Date / Time       Thursday, October 16                10:00 am – 3:00 pm
   Goodwill Boutique                     10:00 am – 11:30 am & 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
   Luncheon & Fashion Show         11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Location           Avalon Manor Banquet Center
3550 East US Route 30 / MerrillvilleIN  46410

Contacts           Katie Paceley / Public Relations Specialist
Phone – (574) 472-7379
Email –

For even more information, people can check out the website: or email: or call:  (574) 472-7300 and ask for Sharron Steward.

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