Red Cross shop gets fashion girl agog

THIS looks so designer,'' Tamara Dooley gushed as she tried on a stunning sequined top yesterday in one of Rockhampton's most unlikely fashion houses.

"You wouldn't know it's only 15 bucks,'' she grinned.

Tamara ? the owner/manager of Shamara Model Management ? had accepted our challenge to find the cheapest, most glamorous outfit possible at Red Cross's new retail shop on East Street.

She headed to the store and within minutes had plucked plenty of new and pre-loved bargains off the racks.

Tamara eventually narrowed her selection to an outfit she described as perfect for a "funky night out with the girls''.

The cost of the outfit including shoes and accessories was $64.75.

Tamara said she was surprised with the store's variety and fashion potential.

"I'm a glitter, sparkle and sequin fan myself. All this stuff is in. This shirt (pictured right) looks like those you would see in magazine. I love it.''

Red Cross area manager Yvette Ordynski said the store, which had just opened this week, was already a hit with locals.

Ms Ordynski said the shop stocked ladies, men's and children's wear, jewellery, manchester, gift-lines, footwear and plenty of accessories.

Other in-store bargains include Ralph Lauren Polo long-sleeve mens shirts for $19.95 (which usually retail for about $90), a Beatles Yellow Submarine handbag for $9.95 and pin-striped dirty denim men's jeans for $15.95.

Ms Ordynski said all funds raised from the shop would support Red Cross services in the community. The store will be open from 9am to 5pm weekdays and 9am to noon on weekends.

It's staffed by volunteers. Anyone wanting to volunteer at the shop should contact 4922?3935.

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