Tonawanda News — Lynda Marie Corrao, owner of Generation Next Thrift and Consignment in the City of Tonawanda, contributed items to the show last year and will take part again April 21.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” she said. “It was wonderful to see all the stores, the items that they sell, to be able to talk to all the other owners. That was very successful.
“It was really a very big community event. Everybody got to take part, which I thought was a lot of fun.”
Corrao’s store features many vintage items from the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s, from clothing and jewelry to furniture. While she wasn’t sure what items were going to be featured in the show yet, she thought perhaps some items from the ‘70s, including vintage lingerie (”not risque at all”), “beautiful” vintage babydoll pajamas and jewelry, which is a huge seller for her.
“When you’re a business owner of these kinds of shops, you work 24/7,” Corrao said. “It’s so nice to go out and have an evening with your peers like this. Between the two cities, we really work hard to work together, saying, ‘Well, I might not have what you’re looking for, but have you looked over at Hip Gypsy?’ ”
As with last year’s show, VIP tickets will be available that entitle the holder to a limousine ride from the Manhattan Street parking lot to the VIP red carpet at the Riviera, where “paparazzi” will shoot photos. Inside, VIP guests will be able to partake of champagne from Wine World, Tonawanda Wine & Liquor and Frank’s Liquors and sample treats from Crazy Jakes, the Hodge Podge, Lous’s Restaurant, Yummy Thai, Submasters, Swiston’s Beef & Keg, Budwey’s Supermarket, Dwyer’s Irish Pub, Romeo’s Ristorante and Webster’s Bistro & Bar. VIP tickets also include upper-level seating and raffle tickets.