Bargain shoppers left the Winthrop Barn Theatre Nov. 1 loaded down with bags of designer purses, clothes, shoes and jewelry purchased at rock-bottom prices during the Emergency Care Help Organization's Fall Trunk Show.
One happy shopper snagged a Coach purse for $15 while her companion companion perused a rack of satin and sequinned evening dresses for $10 to $20 at the fundraiser to provide holiday meals for needy residents in the area.
"It's been a great turnout," said event coordinator Kathy Collins, who had transformed the renovated barn into a couture fashion boutique featuring displays of designer shoes, purses, jewelry and racks of clothing that have been donated to ECHO.
an assortment of beaded costume jewelry for $2. in Brandon is giving residents an opportunity to purchase designer clothes and accessories at discounted prices.
One corner was set aside for silent auction items including a pair of Coach sunglasses.
"This is a great event," said ECHO board member Cami Gibertini as she outbidded a friend for a pair of sunglasses accented with Swarovski crystals.
Founded in 1987, the nonprofit located at 507 N. Parsons Ave. in Brandon was created to assist area families who have suffered a recent emergency such as a recent job loss, catastrophic illness or house fire. It assists an average of 300 families each month.
ECHO, in partnership with area churches, recently launched its Gift of Hope campaign in which residents are invited to supply a needy family with a holiday turkey for $15. To participate, visit the ECHO website.