Swap till you drop

IMPORTANT UPDATE – TUESDAY 17 MARCH

This event has now been postponed until later in the year – watch this space for further updates as they become available….


Did you know that nearly two-thirds of women have unworn clothes languishing in their wardrobes?

Or that a survey carried out last summer estimated that in 2019 British shoppers would on average buy 28 items of clothing but only wear just over half of them?

And that doesn’t take into account all the clothes they buy that are worn a few times and then. for whatever reason, are destined never to see the light of day again.

As March draws to a close, you’re probably already thinking about spring cleaning – it’s time to clear out the clutter and those wardrobes are as good a place as any to make a start.

Especially if giving them a good decluttering not only offers you the chance to swap what you don’t want for something that you do but raises much-needed money for local charities into the bargain…

Well, here’s how you can do just that – instead of shopping till you drop, why not swap till you drop?!

It’s known as swishing and if you want a chance to give it a go, the place to head for on Saturday 21 March is Newark Golf Club, where SWISH 2020 will be open from 12 noon to 3pm.

Admission is just £10 per person, payable by making your donation here, and all proceeds from the event will be donated to Beaumond House Community HospiceThe Children’s Bereavement Centre and the British Heart Foundation.

Just bring along your good quality clothes, shoes and accessories on the day, making sure your name’s on them so the organisers know you’ve already paid the entry fee.

Then get ready to do your purse – not to mention the planet and the three charities – a favour while injecting a little new life into your wardrobe…

Don’t shop, swap!

Swishing – a frock-swapping event that’s a fun and frugal way to pick up some new clothes and accessories but is also ethically and environmentally sound too

Falling in love with fashion

Hopefully there’s still a little time left to enjoy the last few weeks of summer but even so it’s probably not too early to start looking ahead to autumn.

And if in your case that means thinking about shopping for new outfits, Ann Hayes from Ann et Vin and Lucky Secret Boutique‘s Sue Allen will be in the studio next weekend with news of something which will definitely be right up your street…

The street in question is Castlegate in Newark, the ‘something’ is an Autumn Fashion Show and, given the fact that it’s being hosted by Ann et Vin, you won’t be surprised to learn that there’ll be fizz as well as fashion on Thursday 12 September!

From 6.30pm to 9.30pm, local businesses will be joining forces to raise funds for Beaumond House Community Hospice in an evening which features new autumn ranges from Lucky Secret Boutique alongside handbags, lingerie, jewellery, scarves, shoes, make up and more.

Tickets are on sale now, priced £15 each which includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival and nibbles during the interval. To book your seat by the catwalk, visit Lucky Secret Boutique on Wilson Street or call 01636 919748.

And don’t forget to tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 11am next Sunday when Ann and Sue will be sharing more details of the event with the Girls Around Town.

They’ll be chatting to June, who already has her ticket for the show – but then what else would you expect from a self-confessed shopaholic?!

Designer style without the designer price tag!

shopping bagsIf you’ve always wanted to own a designer dress, step out in style in a pair of super shoes or accessorise your outfits with a truly beautiful bag, now’s your chance to do it without breaking the bank…

Cast your mind back and you may remember that the Girls Around Town flagged up the Beaumond House Designer Clothing Sale both online and on air last year.

Since then we’ve been waiting patiently for confirmation of the dates and times. Well, get your diaries out girls – here they come!

With a Preview Evening on Wednesday 15 April and the main sale on Thursday 16 April, there’ll be plenty of opportunity to shop till you drop at the Newark Academy Lilley & Stone Site on London Road. Needless to say, June will be leading the charge – and no doubt fashionistas from across the region have been busy recently, making space in their wardrobes for a few fabulous treats.

Whether you’re looking for something special to wear to a summer wedding or a ball, planning a holiday or just want to indulge in a little retail therapy, we have it on good authority that there’ll be no shortage of high end outfits and accessories to choose from. What’s more, you’ll be supporting a very worthwhile local cause too – how’s that for a little extra incentive?!

ladies drinking wineTickets are on sale now for Wednesday’s preview, which runs from 6pm to 10pm with wine and canapés included in the £10 admission price. Entry to Thursday’s sale is free and you can shop till you drop from 10am to 9pm.

Don’t forget there’s still time to make room for those new purchases by donating items you’ve never worn or which no longer fit – clothing, shoes, handbags, accessories, even coat hangers and garment rails will all be much appreciated. Just take them to Beaumond House at 32 London Road and help them on their way towards matching – or even beating! – the £25,000 raised at the last designer sale.

For more information or to book your tickets for the Wednesday evening, contact the Fundraising Team on 01636 610556. Then form an orderly queue ladies and get ready to bag a bargain…