SPRING HILL — Call it recycling with flair.
The Spring Hill Service League of the General Federation of Women's Clubs will hold its first Second Hand Rose fashion show at noon April 18 at the First United Methodist Church, featuring women's wear from three area thrift shops.
"We're trying to encourage women and children and families in general to shop at thrift shops," said one of the organizers, Dee Smith. "Our members are going to (model) clothes that have been gently used."
In her own experience, Smith noted, "You buy clothes you'll never wear again. Look to the thrift shop and recycle, return for the person going on the next cruise."
The fashion show will parade formal wear, dressy, business and everyday office attire, slacks, blouses, shoes and purses.
"We have gathered from our closets and are donating to (the thrift shops) of Jericho Road Ministries, (St. Vincent de Paul) and Habitat for Humanity," Smith said.
At the show, "Anybody sees anything they want, they're welcome to it," she said. "It's a second chance at lovely clothes. I'm hoping people are impressed and will shop at thrift shops," she said.
Sizes from petite to plus and everything in between will stroll the runway, Smith noted. The models include all members of the league's board of directors, "young retirees, young at heart," as Smith described them. She is a vibrant 74.
Although no children are scheduled to model clothes, Smith emphasized the availability of kids' wear at such sites. "You know how children outgrow clothes," she said.
The fashion show will include a luncheon catered by La Fontana of New Port Richey, the menu consisting of quiche Lorraine, salad, roll, dessert and beverage. Volunteer students from Hernando High School, pursuing credits for community service, will wait tables.
Of the $15 donation per attendee, 75 percent will benefit the Children's Advocacy Center, a Hernando County agency of Mid-Florida Services funded solely by donations, which is a processing center for abused or abandoned youths. The Spring Hill Service League has been contributing to it since 1990.
Smith added that all purchases at thrift shops are tax-deductible.
Beth Gray can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.