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Bargains on Chanel, Armani and YSL abound at stylish Salvation Army Auxiliary fashion feast

Bargain prices on Chanel, Armani & YSL abound at Salvation Army feast

11, Houston Salvation Army luncheon April 2013 Parissa Mohajer, Karina Barbieri
Parissa Mohajer, left, and Karina Barbieri at the Salvation Army Auxiliary luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
23, Houston Salvation Army luncheon April 2013 Judi McGee, Sidney Faust
Judi McGee, left, and Sidney Faust  at the Salvation Army Auxiliary luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
4, Houston Salvation Army luncheon April 2013 Harry Mach, Cora Sue Mach
Harry and Cora Sue Mach at the Salvation Army Auxiliary luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
15, Houston Salvation Army luncheon April 2013 Linda McReynolds, Ginger Blanton
Linda McReynolds, left, and Ginger Blanton  at the Salvation Army Auxiliary luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
14, Houston Salvation Army luncheon April 2013 Jeannine Kilroy, Lilly Andress
Jeannine Kilroy, from left, and Lilly Andress at the Salvation Army Auxiliary luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
12, Houston Salvation Army luncheon April 2013 Susan Hausen, Vicki West
Susan Hausen, left, and Vicki West at the Salvation Army Auxiliary luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
16, Houston Salvation Army luncheon April 2013 Tracy Young, Kim Lucas, Meredith Barineau
Tracy Young, from left, Kim Lucas and Meredith Barineau at the Salvation Army Auxiliary luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
8, Houston Salvation Army luncheon April 2013 Diane Gendel
Diane Gendel at the Salvation Army Auxiliary luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
20, Houston Salvation Army luncheon April 2013 Katie Goodsell, Debbie Gibson, Dorothy Nicholson
Katie Goodsell, from left, Debbie Gibson and Dorothy Nicholson Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
17, Houston Salvation Army luncheon April 2013 Amy Reeves, Anne Freeman
Amy Reeves, left, and Anne Freeman Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
7, Houston Salvation Army luncheon April 2013 Bobbi Nau, Sue Nan Cutsinger
Bobbi Nau, left, and Sue Nan Cutsinger at the Salvation Army Auxiliary luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
6, Houston Salvation Army luncheon April 2013 Joella Mach, Kathleen Mach
Joella Mach, left, and Kathleen Mach  at the Salvation Army Auxiliary luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
22, Houston Salvation Army luncheon April 2013 Marla Hurley, Karin Guererro
Marla Hurley, left, and Karin at the Salvation Army Auxiliary luncheon.Guererro Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
3, Houston Salvation Army luncheon April 2013 Tena Faust, Margi Lundquist, Tama Lundquist
Tena Lundquist Faust, from left, Margi Lundquist and Tama Lundquist at the Salvation Army Auxiliary luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
9, Houston Salvation Army luncheon April 2013 Sarah Requa, Jordan Sinclair, Lauren Godwin
Sarah Requa, from left, Jordan Sinclair and Lauren Godwin at the Salvation Army Auxiliary luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
11, Houston Salvation Army luncheon April 2013 Parissa Mohajer, Karina Barbieri
23, Houston Salvation Army luncheon April 2013 Judi McGee, Sidney Faust
4, Houston Salvation Army luncheon April 2013 Harry Mach, Cora Sue Mach
15, Houston Salvation Army luncheon April 2013 Linda McReynolds, Ginger Blanton
14, Houston Salvation Army luncheon April 2013 Jeannine Kilroy, Lilly Andress
12, Houston Salvation Army luncheon April 2013 Susan Hausen, Vicki West
16, Houston Salvation Army luncheon April 2013 Tracy Young, Kim Lucas, Meredith Barineau
8, Houston Salvation Army luncheon April 2013 Diane Gendel
20, Houston Salvation Army luncheon April 2013 Katie Goodsell, Debbie Gibson, Dorothy Nicholson
17, Houston Salvation Army luncheon April 2013 Amy Reeves, Anne Freeman
7, Houston Salvation Army luncheon April 2013 Bobbi Nau, Sue Nan Cutsinger
6, Houston Salvation Army luncheon April 2013 Joella Mach, Kathleen Mach
22, Houston Salvation Army luncheon April 2013 Marla Hurley, Karin Guererro
3, Houston Salvation Army luncheon April 2013 Tena Faust, Margi Lundquist, Tama Lundquist
9, Houston Salvation Army luncheon April 2013 Sarah Requa, Jordan Sinclair, Lauren Godwin

With more than 200 fashionistas culling their closets for gently worn, perhaps even never worn, ensembles and accessories, the Salvation Army Auxiliary's Reflections on Style luncheon was guaranteed to be a success even before the doors opened. And, yes, it was to the tune of $520,556, combining luncheon proceeds and clothing sales.

Bargain hunters — most of whom live in the ritzy zip code areas of River Oaks, Tanglewood and Memorial — scooped up the Armani pantsuits, the Chanel jackets and the Saint Laurent sweaters with the enthusiasm of a Filene's basement crowd. But these were no left-over labels and the ladies were far from the typical resale customer. 

In fact a bidding war broke out over the silent auction Chanel tote that ended up selling for a handsome $3,250.

Probably the best buy of all was the $12,000 Ralph Lauren coat (never worn) that sold for $1,600. 

Kudos to luncheon chair Judi McGee, Chic Boutique chair Deborah Dunkum and Chic Boutique co-chairs Tena Lundquist Faust and Joella Mach for filling the River Oaks Country Club dining room with a department store's worth of enticing fashion buys. Probably the best buy of all was the $12,000 Ralph Lauren coat (never worn) that sold for $1,600.

The early shopping was just part of the magic of the day which included a runway presentation of the top designer fashions donated and a salute to honorees Sydney Faust and Cora Sue Mach. The "dynamic duo," as they are known, recounted in charming and witty fashion their 14-year friendship — a treat for the 500-plus guests.

The auxiliary team helping make the day a success included Linda McReynolds, Vicki West, Susan Hansen, Lucy Lewis, Tara Conley, Ginger Blanton, Nancy Willerson, Jeanne Ruberti, Lilly Andress, Harriet Hart Wallace and auxiliary chair Mary Maxey. Each year, loads of praise is heaped on Lenny Matuszewski for his skill at putting together the fashion show.

The shopping continues at the Chic Boutique After Sale located at 6010C Washington Avenue at Westcott Thursday, Friday and Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. Prices are lowered each day.

The luncheon group included the honorees' proud husbands Don Faust and Harry Mach, Pat Breen, Jeanie Kilroy, Rose Cullen, Penny Loyd, Ann Bookout, Diane Lokey Farb, Janice McNair, Mary Ann and David McKeithan and Laura McWilliams.