By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS
Neither sleet, nor rain, nor gloom of night … okay, there wasn’t any sleet or gloom of night, but stormy skies and intermittent rain didn’t put a damper on Mexico’s Diplomatic Wives Association’s (ACD) first-ever haute couture garage sale on Wednesday, June 22.
In fact, the response was so great that by the end of the second hour of the four-hour event, its seemed that more than half of the garments, cosmetics, books, accessories and other bargains were flying off the shelves faster than they could be replaced.
In total, the sale raised nearly 35,000 pesos, all earmarked for local charities, including those that work with underprivileged children, the elderly and cancer victims.
The garage sale, which was held inside the garden of the Uruguayan Embassy residence in Mexico, not only served as a great opportunity for savvy shoppers to nab some ultra-chic fashion finds at cut-rate prices, while all the same time helping to support some of the ACD’s favorite charities, but also offered a chance for attendees to socialize over coffee and donuts.
“We are so excited to hold this sale,” said the ACD’s Natalia Orozco, wife of Jorge A. Rave, chief representative in Mexico for Export Development Canada (EDC), who was one of the main organizers of the event.
“At first, we had thought about holding it on line, but we figured most people want to try on clothes before they buy them, so we decided to hold it, rain or shine.”
“I cannot believe what a great turnout we have had,” added hostess Martha Cruz, wife of Uruguayan Ambassador to Mexico Aníbal Fernando Cabral Segalerba.
Orozco noted that the sale’s success was due to the efforts of the entire ACD charity committee, which is headed by Margarita Padrón, wife of Venezuelan Ambassador to Mexico Francisco Javier Arias Cardenas.
“We are already being asked when we will hold our next sale,” she said. “We don’t have a date yet, but the planning is already in the works.”
The Diplomatic Wives Association is a nonprofit social organization composed of the spouses of foreign diplomats accredited in Mexico.