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Seniors stage thrift store fashion show

Bobbie Brickman dresses up in traditional Indonesian garb, and is joined by fellow seniors John Henry and Jesse.


POSTED April 24, 2014 11:19 p.m.

Don’t mess with Peggy Thompson-Spears.

That was the tongue-in-cheek comment made by Manteca Senior Center Director Brandy Clark to her Senior Advisory secretary at Wednesday’s Thrift Store Fashion Show.

Thompson-Spears, who’s getting ready for her upcoming trip to Chicago, got into the spirit of the event by donning a black suit, tie, hat and sunglasses reminiscent of legendary mobster Al Capone and the Prohibition Era.

“If you know Peggy that’s not really her – she’s really sweet and very involved (with the Senior Center),” said Clark, who saved the best for last on the request of a paper-gun-toting Thompson-Spears.

The fashion show was revived after a six-year hiatus, according to Clark.

Those who took part – 15 were involved in the collaborative event involving the staff from both the Senior Center and Manteca Senior CAPS – had the freedom to purchase items from their favorite second-hand store.

Bobbie Brickman found deals from the Willow Glen area of San Jose, including clothes fit for going to Italy for $1. She also picked up an outfit for $4.24 consisting of traditional Indonesian wear and head piece.

“They had fun picking up their own outfits for the fashion show,” said Clark, who also served as emcee. “It was low cost or no cost.”

The travel theme included real and even imaginary places. Angie Williams, for example, was inspired by 1983, choosing clothes for traveling back in time to that era.

Organizers are hoping for more participation. They’re willing to give this year a pass since it was some time ago since the last fashion show of this kind.

“Those who did take part had no trouble having fun in front of everyone,” Clark said.


To contact reporter Vince Rembulat, email or call 209.249.3537.

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