Nathan and Kerry Spencer got some real bargains at the local op shops.
Nathan and Kerry Spencer got some real bargains at the local op shops.

Fab fashions at Op Shop Ball

THERE was a musty smell in the air mixed with a hint of camphor.

The reason for that was that the 70 guests had spent weeks scouring the racks at St Vinnies and the Salvos for the very best of forgotten fashions.

The special occasion was the inaugural Op Shop Ball where admittance was only granted if you had shopped at a local charity warehouse and you had your receipt to prove it.

However, in most instances no receipt was necessary as the fashions of the ’60s and ’70s came back out in a bizarre and colourful display.

The ball was organised by the “Friday Lunch Bunch” group from Hervey Bay and they took over the Pier Restaurant to stage their gala charity evening of the year.

Op shop receipts handed in at the door revealed that the guests had splashed out more than $1000 at the local charity establishments and the good news for them is that all the clothes will be handed back over the next few weeks.

Funds raised from the ball will be given to the Hervey Bay Hospital for special chairs required for the new transit lounge.

Key organiser Darren Everard said it was always great to do something for charity, but it was fantastic when you could do that and have plenty of fun at the same time.

The success of the first Op Shop Ball could well mean it becomes a permanent part of the Fraser Coast social calendar.

If that is the case it would be a good idea to pop in occasionally to the op shops, as your perfect tuxedo or formal gown might suddenly show up on the racks.

Just for the record Dario and Dora Sacilotto were judged the best dressed couple on the night, although a late protest was entered because Dario’s outlandish shoes were really his.



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