Monday 21 August 2017

All for a good cause: bargain hunters stock up on top labels at celebrity sale

Lisa Fitzpatrick offers some shoes for sale. Photo: GARETH CHANEY &
ELEANOR KEEGAN
Lisa Fitzpatrick offers some shoes for sale. Photo: GARETH CHANEY & ELEANOR KEEGAN
Lorraine Keane at the celebrity sale. Photo: GARETH CHANEY & ELEANOR KEEGAN
Bill Cullen and Jackie Lavin at the celebrity sale. Photo: GARETH CHANEY & ELEANOR KEEGAN
Norah Casey at the celebrity sale. Photo: GARETH CHANEY & ELEANOR KEEGAN
Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

Where else could you buy a dress from Norma Smurfit or shoes from Jackie Lavin?

THEY queued from 7am for a Dolce & Gabbana jacket worth €700 -- but selling for €75.

Also on sale was a Roberto Cavalli dress worth €600, selling for €50, and a full-length fur coat and hat worth thousands -- but yours for just €500.

The setting was the Spring Clean For Charity Sale in the RDS, Dublin, yesterday.

In its second year, the sell-off allows people from across the country to clear their wardrobes in order to raise funds for St Vincent de Paul (SVP) and Focus Ireland.

But behind the stalls were some well-known faces who had come to shift their own stock.

Where else could you buy an evening dress from Norma Smurfit? Or costume jewellery off 'Dragons' Den' publishing magnate Norah Casey, or a pair of ladies shoes off 'Apprentice' star Jackie Lavin?

But be warned -- these celebs were no soft touch. For TV presenter Lorraine Keane it was a case of deal or no deal.

"I was doing this last year and you wouldn't believe how many people tried to bargain me down on stuff. I had to say 'here lads, this isn't a market in Marbella, this is for charity' and only one person during the whole day told me to keep the change," Keane told the Irish Independent.

Last year more than €80,000 was raised for charity at the event, but organisers are hoping to improve on that this year with 120 stalls manned by volunteers.

Any leftover stock from yesterday's sale will be sold off in St Vincent de Paul shops nationwide.

Irish Independent

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