A little known fact: I love Goodwill. Yes, I might be addicted to high-end designer handbags and shoes, but I am a Goodwill addict. Next, note to self, I need to get involved with local events in my state. Move over New York City, reality T.V. stars stormed Denver, Colorado for a fashion show, and competition. Truth be told, I do not keep up with the events here in CO like I should. I always have my eyes set to NYC, and LA. However, that all may change. I was at a home fashion forward jewelry party (think high end Tupperware party) that I may write about later. The hostess was the one that told me about this all-star, local fashion event. Now, before you laugh at me for going to these at home events, let me get back to the fashion topic at hand. Oh, but do not knock these jewelry parties, and I will explain later.
I am glad that I am not alone with my obsession with Goodwill (we have nice ones here). This month Denver native, Mondo Guerra brought some of his Project Runway pals to judge a fashion show, and inspire budding designers. The winner of Project Runway All Stars, season 8 got his start by buying, and re-designing fashion from Goodwill. Now, for the third year in a row, Mondo served as a judge, and mentor for the Exchange for Change, a fashion show and clothing swap. The fashion forward night packed the house, and raised $35,000 for the Goodwill Industries of Denver.
Students from the Denver School of Arts, and Education Center Middle College created fashion for the show. The competition was judged not only by Mondo, but two of his Project Runway All Stars season 8 friends, Peach Carr and Michael Costello as well. In addition, another Project Runway alum, and Denver native, Fallen Wells showed her collection.
The evening ended with a clothing swap where those who donated 10 or more items, were allowed to choose an equal number of pieces from the racks. The night sounds so amazing, and I am sorry I missed it. I will definitely make it a goal to get more involved in my community. Not to mention, I will never knock Goodwill. On “half priced” Saturdays I am one of the people that lines up to get in, and get the latest deal. The Goodwill stores in Colorado are beautiful. The one in Denver has an amazing layout with hardwood floors. Truly, I have found some great name brand items there. The moral of the story? Check out local events, recommend Goodwill to others, and do not take at home jewelry parties for granted (wink).