By Bejay Browne
A THRIFT shop in Larnaca is organising a charity fashion show which will be held later this month in aid of needy families.
This is the second fashion show the store, Nifty Thrifty, has organised for charity. Last year’s event raised €2,000 for animal welfare.
Shop owner and event organiser Nicola Smith, 46, said: “Our first fashion show last year was a great success and as times are economically difficult for families on the island we-will be donating all the money raised to organisations in Larnaca which will buy food to help the needy.”
They include the Larnaca community church, The Greek Evangelical Church and the Oasis project.
The event will be held Friday July 26 at Lithos Bar in Oroklini and will include a buffet, entertainment and a raffle.
The models being used in the fashion show- with the exception of two professionals – are all friends or customers of Nicola who says she still needs a few more willing volunteers.
“We need models of all sizes and ages. Last year’s event was hilarious as we dragged a few of the men up after they had a couple of drinks. They dressed as women and it was very funny, they were great sports.”
Nicola moved to Larnaca eight years ago and her thrift shop has been open for a couple of years. She says she sells everything from generators, to sofas, cots and other baby paraphernalia, homeware, furniture, books, clothes and toys. She will also source particular items for customers.
“I saw a niche in the market and it was something really needed in the area. As we all know, Cyprus is a lovely place to live but it is quite expensive.”
The British ex- pat says she relies heavily on social media- in particular Facebook- as a way to promote her business and to put people together with the items they need.
She said: “I have just had a call from a man who urgently needed a pair of crutches following a motorbike accident. I posted it on Facebook and within half an hour I found him a pair.”
The shop owner says she chose the organisations which will benefit from the proceeds of the show this year carefully- and they are known to her as she has given them clothing to help the needy in Larnaca in the past.
She noted: “Many people come into my shop needing help. They are of all nationalities and ages and some have young families. The community must come together to help them.”
And according to Nicola, that’s exactly what Larnaca businesses are doing.
“The response from local businesses has been excellent and they have donated loads of very generous raffle prizes, it’s very exciting,” she said.
An abundance of prizes include; free meals at various restaurants, beauty treatments, cut and blow dries and more.
Raffle tickets will be priced at €1 each and the buffet at €10. Four euros from each buffet ticket sold will go to the needy.
For further information: – Nicola Smith (m) 96 490018