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2nd Helpings Event Showcases Upscale Design for a Lot Less

Kate Lagueux of Onyx begins a makeover of Diane Hall.

The months and months of economic downturn have hearkened to something grandma liked to say, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” 2nd Helpings Shop tapped into that trend with a “Designer Showcase Event” last week, which featured “innovative ways to incorporate found objects and thrift store treasures into a beautiful décor.”

Designers borrowed treasures from the 2nd Helpings Shop and added items from their own collections to create six exciting vignettes to display.  Many items were for sale and the designers were on hand to offer advice on ways to mix new, vintage and recycled items into established décor – showing how to “re-purpose” items from the shop.

“Upscale for less” was the order of the day, with patrons enjoying the creative ideas from many area shops and designers, all of which was nearly a year in the planning

Volunteer Larry Bly said that, “While staff and everyone else worked very hard to make this come together, I was particularly proud of our volunteer artists, designers, and others who put together beautifully-decorated areas for the enjoyment of our attendees.  We are grateful too for those companies that gave products, flowers, and services for our drawing/giveaways.”

Then there were … makeovers. Onyx Premier Hair Studio worked its magic on 12 Rescue Mission models (Recovery Program Participants, Emergency Shelter Guests and Staff).  Each model showed off the new look they received from the artists at Onyx and modeled clothing from the Rescue Mission’s Thrift Store.

Live music and delicious food completed the evening, capped off by a drawing for a variety of door prizes from the designers and 2nd Helpings.

Bly also pointed out that “the purpose of our designer evening was NOT to raise money, but rather to raise awareness of the Rescue Mission’s new facilities on Williamson Road:  The 2nd Helpings Café, the art and jewelry gallery, and the upscale shop.  Many people attending told me that ‘we had no idea that all of this was here’ and that’s precisely what we were trying to accomplish.” He added, “I was so proud to be part of such a wonderful event for such a worthwhile organization.”

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