The Leitrim Rose dropped into the NCBI Carrick on Shannon shop this week for a shopping experience with a difference!



27 year old Primary Teacher Erin Moran from Ballinamore jumped at the chance of participating  in the NCBI Fashion Makeover Challenge, saying she is a devotee of charity shops and likes to support them given their important role in the overall charity fundraising efforts.

The 2017 contestant called to the NCBI shop on Main St, where she was placed in the capable hands of Manager, Lola Gonzalez, who greeted the Rose with an array of fabulous outfits at fabulously low prices.

First up was a stunning lavender evening gown which would look ideal for the ultra glamorous Rose Ball that Erin is eagerly anticipating. The Alexia creation was brand new with tags on and would originally cost €235. At the NCBI shop it was just €60, a price that drew gasps from the model Rose. Accessorised with some dainty silver sandals at just €7, the dress was a stunning example of the value and variety to be had  at the NCBI store.

The Leitrim Rose will attend a Race meeting during her time in Tralee and so Lola cleverly picked an ensemble that was smart and stylish for the races .The dress was just €6,,bag and shoes just €10 and the lovely silver headpiece was also  a bargain at just  €7 . Imagine, a whole rig out for the races, just €23!

The last look was smart casual and Erin looked glam sporting white denims, yellow patterned top, sandals and the obligatory sunglasses, all for a total cost of just €15.

 Lola says “We get very good stock here, it is consistent and the most popular items are handbags. They fly out the door so we always need a large quantity in stock”.

Lola believes that people shop in the NCBI shops for many reasons. “They like shopping for less; they like quirky interesting items and know that they will get them here. They like to use their imagination when putting things together and most importantly they know that when they buy an item here in NCBI, the money goes towards providing vital services for people who are blind or vision impaired. There are 367 people with varying degrees of sight loss in Co. Leitrim“.

Erin, who is no stranger to charity shops said “I have enjoyed today so much. I am always surprised by the beautiful items that are stocked in charity shops. That’s the joy of coming in here; you never know what you might find. It makes sense to shop in charity shops, ,on so many levels; It is for a wonderful cause, you get great value and also you are being environmentally friendly by recycling so it’s all good ”. “Also I love to read and I find you can always pick up a good second hand novel in a charity shop”. 

Erin said she would gladly recommend charity shops to the other Roses “Yes I would recommend charity shops to the other Roses as you can find some key pieces and often times the tags are still on the clothes or they have been worn only once or twice”.

Erin is hugely excited about the upcoming Rose of Tralee Festival

“I am tremendously excited about The Rose of Tralee International Festival. I am honoured to be representing my home county of Leitrim. I am so excited to meet my fellow Rose Sisters and to be part of such a highly respected global community. It is a dream come true”.

NCBI helps to make dreams come true too.