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BerkChique!, this-weekend-only pop-up clothing sale, opened Friday evening at Ventfort Hall

This pop-up clothing sale and fundraiser continues at Ventfort Hall Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 10 to 2.

BerkChique! opened tonight at Ventfort Hall, 104 Walker Street, in Lenox. Organizer Vicki Bonnington has done it again. For the nineth time, this local clothes maven has assembled racks of clothing items—everything from blue jeans to ball gowns plus shoes, scarves, sweaters, purses, jewelry, and hats—some new and some gently worn, all for sale at extremely attractive prices (I bought a designer jacket for $25) with all proceeds going to support a nonprofit organization.

Vicki Bonnington has again opened her famous closet and contributed many hard-to-find and one-of-a-king designer pieces that you will not find anywhere else. Other items have been come from closets throughout the Berkshires.

This year’s beneficiary, the stunning Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, has turned its largest rooms over to racks of clothing and its other rooms into dressing rooms where shoppers are trying on fashions and advising each on what to buy.

Tonight’s opening was a “First Dibs Shopping Party.” When the doors opened at 5:30, ticket holders streamed into Ventfort Hall (the event was sold out) and were able to select from the whole collection. Catered hors d’oeuvres and refreshments were offered by Berkshire Palate, wine courtesy of Domaney’s, and shopping bags from Blue Q.

This pop-up clothing sale and fundraiser continues at Ventfort Hall Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 10 to 2. Admission over the weekend is free for all shoppers. Friday’s shoppers barely made a dent in the offerings.  There are plenty of well-priced treasures and surprises left.

Here are some pictures from opening night.

Wendy Healey, Executive Director of Ventfort Hall, with her favorite mannequin. Photo by Marcie Setlow


Chelsea Gaia, Director of Programming & Events at Ventfort Hall (l.) and BerkChique! volunteer Nina Wishengrad,volunteer (r.) and mannequin. Photo by Marcie Setlow


Shopping the racks at BerkChique! Photo by Marcie Setlow


Leanne Iverson of New york City and Otis, self-described fashionista and thrifter, displays her BerkChique! finds. Photo by Marcie Setlow


And there are men’s clothes, too, at BerkChique!. Edward Tivnan of Malden Bridge, N.Y., has been perusing the racks. Photo by Marcie Setlow


Elizabeth Aspenlieder, actor and Director of Sponsorships, Groups & Special Events at Shakespeare & Company, found a great pair of boots. Photo by Marcie Setlow




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