Area fashion bloggers and bargain fashion hunters were challenged Saturday to put together an outfit for $20 or less from the Goodwill store on Waterloo Road.
All seven models met the fashion challenge, then shared their outfits during a fashion show in the front of the store. Shoppers were asked to vote for their favorite outfit.
“They had 30 minutes to go out and choose their outfits and try them on,” said Barb Byler, who oversaw the event. “Their inspirations were all different, from summer fun to runway glamor.”
Area blogger Rachel Breece-Stith, 29, of Akron was also challenged another way: She is pregnant and due in two weeks. She selected a vintage cityscape tank dress and paired it up with a tan blazer and black pumps. Her total was $21.33, slightly over the $20 goal.
“It was hard to find a dress that zipped up, but I did. I was going for the ‘from work to evening’ look,” she said. “I shop here all the time. I love to support Goodwill. Their mission is inspiring. I include Goodwill in my blog. It’s always good to step outside of the box sometimes.”
Abby Rode, 26, of Akron also blogs locally on fashion and personal style. She went for the preppy look with a bright coral shirt and a white cable sweater with tropical shorts and penny loafers, all for $15.46.
Lyndsey Fowler, 26, of Hudson went for a simple black dress, accented with a brown belt, green jacket, brown bag and pink vintage shoes for $17.07.
KSU fashion student Sarah Bouplon, 20, of Cuyahoga Falls had the Indiana Jones look with a safari hat, striped high-waisted pants, cream shell, denim jacket, belt and leopard flats. Her total was $17.61.
“We just wrapped up finals week at Kent so I brought my roommate so we could do something fun,” Bouplon said.
Her roommate, Alex Vaccarello, of Pittsburgh, agreed it was a good way to relax after the school year. She found a pair of khaki shorts, a paisley shirt, belt and scarf for $14.39.
Amy Cornelius, 30, was the highest spender. Her total was $21.86. All the totals included tax.
She chose a red knit fringe skirt, glittery blouse and button up shirt with a wide belt and woven taffeta purse.
But the pageant look was the winner of the fashion of the day when shoppers cast their vote. Former Mrs. Akron (2013) and currently Ms. Ohio Valley, Cyndi Martin, 37, of Akron found evening wear, a deep garnet colored red dress and purse — fit for the runway and under budget at $13.88.
The models each won a goody bag from various sponsors and a $20 gift card to shop at any Goodwill store. They were also able to keep the clothes they wore in the fashion show.
Meanwhile Dina Younis, a self-proclaimed thrift master, held a class for shoppers on the basics of thrift shopping. Her top reasons for thrift shopping: Supporting a good cause, saving money for your family, recycling and individuality.
Marilyn Miller can be reached at 330-996-3098 or email@example.com.