The Fashionista’s Ball promises to be the best sale ever, with clothes for couture tastes on a thrift-store budget.
SALES WE LOVE | Mark your calendars, fashionistas, and don your ninja shopping suit (that’s tights and tees for quick changing) because Sunday, May 29, promises to be one of Vancouver’s biggest—if not THE biggest— charity/shopping events of 2011.
The Fashionista’s Ball, insanely well organized by Pixie Riddle and her pals to benefit United Way, is a one-day pop-up fashion extravaganza (think department store scale rather than boutique) that includes 3,000-plus garments, gently worn or never worn (some definitely couture); hundreds of pairs of gorgeous shoes; beautiful handbags, Louis Vuitton and Bottega Veneta models among them; and accessories including sunglasses, scarves and both costume and fine jewellery items.
And guess what? Prices for all this donated merchandise are shockingly low.
How Low Do They Go?
“Because we are not a consignment store and we have only one day to sell everything, the non-negotiable prices are incredibly reasonable,” says Riddle. How inexpensive is this merchandise? “We have 30 large rolling racks of clothes, three for day dresses, lots of them priced at $15. Every pair of pants, whether they’re $250 jeans or Dries Van Notten wool slacks, is $10.” Pants are hard to sell, says Riddle, and since they have 300 pairs and counting (donations close May 20), they’re letting them all go for the same irresistible price.
How About The High End?
There will be plenty to interest the couture crowd, items like a Prada coat from the fall 2010 collection for $200 (estimated original value: $3,500) and a Paul Smith wool suit for $50 (estimated original value: $2,500). Riddle says a silent auction of luxury items will “be a little bit different from a lot of silent auctions because our prices are going to be really low.”
Low, low prices will be the order of the day because Riddle and her team want the Fashionista’s Ball to be a fun, inclusive event with fashionable finds for everyone from teens and twentysomethings looking for school and work wear to mature women hunting for an indulgence at a killer price. —C. Rule
The Fashionista’s Ball is Sunday, May 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1095 West Pender Street, Vancouver. Ticket prices are $5 for regular entry and $20 for a VIP pass that includes among its many perks four raffle tickets for 35 astounding prizes. All proceeds from this fund-raising event go to the United Way. Visit www.fashinistasball.com for detailed information and to see some of the clothing for sale.