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Playful approach to thrifty fashion

Some of the Thrift Shop Fashion Show models pose after they walked down the runway on Wednesday at the Manteca Senior Center.

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POSTED April 30, 2015 1:38 a.m.

If you know me just a little bit, you know I’m all about shopping at thrift stores. I am passionate about fashion for less and I believe you should never pay full price for a clothing item. 

Fortunately (for me and my wallet) I live right next to a Goodwill store and believe me, I’m a frequent visitor. More than a half of my closet comes from a second hand store, but you would never guess it. Many times I was able to find a pair of pants or a blouse with tags still attached. I love pre-loved and pre-owned clothes so much that I even used some for a fall fashion photo shoot here at the Bulletin last year.

Photographer Ari Seth Cohen created his blog Advanced Style in 2008 to showcase fashion forward seniors in the streets of New York. While Iris Apfel or Zelda Kaplan may be fashion mavens found exclusively on the East Coast, advanced style can be found in Manteca as well. Don’t believe me? Just go to the Manteca Senior Center. On Wednesday their main stage became a runway and local seniors and Manteca CAPS folks became legitimate catwalk models. But first they went “back in time” and visited local thrift stores to purchase clothes representing a certain decade of their choice. They strutted their stuff down the runway and I’ve seen Greek togas, flapper dresses, bobby socks and a real seventies Afro hair. The best part was that their creations cost them $8, $5 and even less than $2! 

I enjoyed watching the spark in their eyes as they sashayed down the runway. Until you hit a certain age, clothes that express your personality can be found in the nearest mall. But if you are sixty or older, fashion becomes a game. Watch the playful approach to thrifty fashion in hands of local seniors in the upcoming episode of the Central Valley Beat. Watch it on Friday, May 1, go to and scroll down to the video or go straight to for the episode 6 and all the previous shows. 

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