Designer Days will celebrate its 50th anniversary with less fanfare, but not without style.
The five decades-long shopping event will be held Thursday through Monday at Thriftique in Lawrenceville. The pandemic has caused the event to be scaled back.
“This is our 50th year, so we had to do something,” said Patricia Tsagaris, director of retail for Thriftique. “That’s a milestone. This isn’t the large scale event we thought we’d be having to celebrate our 50th year, but we are happy to share at least a glimmer of the spectacular Designer Days of years past and future.”
Designer Days is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section, a grassroots organization that advocates for women, children, and families. The annual shopping event kicks off with a patron party on Thursday. Guests will enjoy drinks and light bites individually wrapped by Food For Thought Deli in Oakland under a tent.
The patron party has two sessions from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are limited and cost $50.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Sunday and Monday are 50% off days. There is free admission Friday through Monday
Shoppers will be counted as they enter the building to limit the number of people.
Merchandise will be separated with room between racks of clothing for women, men and children. Tables ofding shoes and accessories will be spaced. There will be furniture for sale.
The Thriftique space is large enough to social distance.
Because of the pandemic, customers have been asking if it’s going to happen, said Tsagaris, who partnered with Natalie Bencivenga, a media personality and consultant from Forest Hills, to help promote the event.
“Designer Days is always a fun time and I enjoy finding the treasures there,” said Bencivenga. “I love consignment shopping, and I’ve been more mindful of not indulging in as much new stuff to help the environment. Plus, I want to use my voice to amplify the amazing work they do. “
They money raised benefits the National Council for Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section’s projects, including the Back 2 School Store, Project Prom, children’s rooms in the courts and The Center for Women, which helps women have economic independence, financial literacy, and build career-related skills.
Courtesy of Designer Days
This red Chanel suit is one of the outfits you can buy at the 50th annual Designer Days which is happening Nov. 5-9 at Thriftique in Lawrenceville.
New and used high-end designer items at a fraction of the original cost for women, men and children, include names such as Chanel, Givenchy, Armani, Michael Kors, Tahari, Escada, Lafayette 148, Ralph Lauren, Moschino, Donna Degnan, Cole Haan and Stuart Weitzman. Oakmont’s Carabella and Shadyside’s e.b. Pepper boutiques also donated clothing.
Vintage fashion is becoming more and more popular, especially among the millennial crowd, said Tsagaris.
“The younger shoppers are very mindful with how they spend their dollars,” she said. “They want to keep these clothes out of landfills.”
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 724-853-5062, [email protected] or via Twitter .
Fashion | Lawrenceville | Lifestyles