Thrifty Deals Supports Community

story and photos by Christine June
U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern

***image1***Ramstein American High School Sophomore Sara Sublousky, 15, not only just saved about $90 on a black, lace mini-dress and leather-sole shoes, but she also helped support the KMC.

She bought the dress and shoes for $10 at the Pulaski Thrift Store. She guesses this outfit would have cost at least $100 at a department store.

Illustrating the great deals and thrifty fashions, the Kaiserslautern-Landstuhl Spouses’ Association hosted a thrift store fashion show and silent auction as a part of its general membership meeting Oct. 16, at the Armstrong Community Club on Vogelweh Housing in Kaiserslautern.

“We had so much fun shopping at the thrift store. We were in and out of the dressing rooms trying on southern belle dresses with crazy hats, and polyester pants with collared shirts and crazy sunglasses,” said Sara, who was one of 18 models for the fashion show.

The association runs the thrift stores on Pulaski Barracks and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Profits from these stores go back into the community, said Leeann Hoppman, the KLSA president.

“Last year, we gave $77,000 for programs and scholarships to the community,” said Mrs. Hoppman. “We would like to reach that amount this year.”

Club members can be from any military branch, Department of Defense Dependents Schools, government civilians and contractors.

“You don’t even have to be a spouse,” said Mrs. Hoppman. Board members are always thinking of fun themes for the monthly general membership meetings, said Mrs. Hoppman. Bev Clark, who as the first vice president is the liaison between the club and the thrift stores, organized the fashion show and silent auction for the September meeting.

“A lot of people have the mindset that items in the thrift store are just junk, and we wanted to show that there are a lot of really nice quality items that can be found – you just have to go and look,” said Mrs. Clark.

These monthly meetings are open to the public and non-members can attend one before deciding on whether or not to join. The next one is “Fondue 70’s Disco Night”

6 p.m., Nov. 20 at the Armstrong Community Club. To register for this meeting and for more information, go to the club’s official Web site at