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Marble Falls Library Thrift Store putting its fashions on the stage Oct. 22

Fayrene Teague, a cashier at the Library Thrift Store, located at Third Street and Avenue J in Marble Falls, is selling tickets for the Fall Fashion Show and Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 22 at First United Methodist Church, 1101 Bluebonnet Drive in Marble Falls. Courtesy photo


MARBLE FALLS — Saving hundreds of dollars on a top-quality wardrobe isn’t as difficult as you might think, and the staff of the Marble Falls Library Thrift Store want to prove it to you.

“Oh, my goodness, we have such an incredible selection of high-end clothing,” said Nancy Hill, the thrift store assistant manager. “I bet a lot of people don’t know what great deals we have on some very nice clothes and accessories.”

So, the thrift store staff and a cadre of volunteers are going to show the public.

On Oct. 22, the second Marble Falls Library Thrift Store’s Fall Fashion Show and Luncheon hits the runway at 11:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1101 Bluebonnet Drive. For a $20 donation, folks can enjoy a good meal and check out the fashions found on the racks of the library thrift store.

“We’ll have people modeling the clothing and accessories,” Hill said. “And almost everything the models will be wearing will be available at the store.”

Hill said the thrift store pulled off an extremely successful fashion show in 2009, and staff thought it was a good time to hit the runway again.[box]IF YOU GO
WHAT: Fall Fashion Show and Luncheon
WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Oct. 22
WHERE: First United Methodist Church, 1101 Bluebonnet Drive in Marble Falls
COST: $20 donation[/box]

The Marble Falls Library Thrift Store, located at the intersection of Avenue J and Third Street, serves as a major funding source for the library. While the city and Burnet County cover some costs, such as salaries and utilities, the library relies on the thrift store for purchasing most, if not all, of its circulating materials, including books, CDs and DVDs.

“We just paid for the latest renovation,” Hill said. “And money from the thrift store paid off the thrift store’s mortgage and the library mortgage. This store is extremely important to the library.”

Library director Mary Jackson praised the funds the thrift store raises and passes on to the facility through the Friends of the Library group.

“We would exist, but there would not be anything to check in or check out without the thrift store funding,” she said. “We would just be an empty building.”

While some people associate down-trodden clothing or materials with thrift stores, the Marble Falls Library Thrift Stores strives to shatter that image. Hill said staff and volunteers go over each donated item to ensure it’s worthy of going out on the floor.

“We make sure everything is clean and all the zippers work,” she said. “We don’t put junk or broken things out. We try to be a very high-end thrift store.”

If you don’t find something you’re looking for during the fashion show, Hill encourages you to stop by the thrift store and browse around for a bit.

“People who haven’t been in here before are really surprised by the selection and quality,” she said. “”Plus, things change quite a bit, so if you don’t find something one day, you might the next.”

Call (830) 693-5120 for more information on the fashion show or the thrift store.