As a fashion and accounting blogger for Accounting Today, I love the chance to show off my style! Are you “Charity Shop Chic in Buffalo Niagara?” Enter the Salvation Army’s photo contest, and walk in the LIVE fashion show!

Post a picture to Salvation Army Buffalo’s Facebook PHOTO CONTEST, of your best RE-FASHIONED item, (Before and After), purchased from a Salvation Army Store. Registration Fee is just $25, with 100% of proceeds benefitting The Salvation Army.

The LIVE Fashion Show and final judging will be on April 9, 2013 from 5:00-7:00pm, at the Hotel @ The Lafayette, with appetizers, a dessert station and a coffee & tea bar. Celebrity judges include local college Fashion Design programs, dress boutique owners and a local fashion retailer! It’s the stylish fashion chance of a lifetime…you can model your own creation!

Round-trip Air from Buffalo to NYC and consult/portfolio review from Ali, owner and designer at anatomy

Register at, then post your picture to our Facebook page
and let the voting begin!

The Competition is open to individual amateur fashionistas, age 13 and older. Paid professional seamstresses and/or designers CANNOT participate. The registration form, fee, and waiver must be submitted by April 1, 2013. The registration fee includes a $5 off coupon to area Salvation Army stores, and 1 Ticket to the LIVE Fashion show. Additional tickets to the Show only are available for $10 each. All costs involved in participation are the responsibility of the registrant. A separate registration is required for each garment entered in the competition. Once registration is complete, payment received and all forms are signed and received,

The garment must be re-fashioned between March 1 and April 8, 2013. The projects submitted will be separated into the following categories:

Lady’s Dress Formal

Lady’s Dress Casual

Men’s or Lady’s Suite Formal

Men’s or Lady’s Suite Casual

Best Transformation of a Shirt

A BEFORE photo of the ensemble prior to any deconstruction should be uploaded to Salvation Army Facebook page-for entry into the photo contest and to be eligible to walk in the LIVE show. Upon completion of the re-fashioning of the pieces, an AFTER photo must be uploaded and judging can begin. Garments will be judged on a scale of 1-5, 1 being Poor and 5 being Excellent, for the following criteria: Creativity, Reconstruction, Quality and Workmanship, Total Look and Styling, and Fit. The highest score will be awarded the 2013 Grand Prize at the Live Show. The judge’s decision is final.

The LIVE Fashion Show will take place on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 5:00pm at Hotel @ The Lafayette. The student must provide their own model or model the pieces themselves; providing accessories, makeup and hair to create a completely styled look. The LIVE Show will be separated into the categories as listed above, just to have the Live Show flow and for judging to be the most efficient.

Each registrant will need to upload and identify their BEFORE and AFTER project through their personal facebook account. The Salvation Army reserves the right to deny upload to any inappropriate pictures. The photo contest judging and voting is open to the public. The winner of the photo contest will be announced at the live show on April 9, 2013.