Divine Design charity drive kicks off

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. There are lots of bargains and it's not just clothing. There are toys and all sorts of goods, including a Barbie boutique, so if somebody on your list wants a Barbie, Divine Design is the place to be. There are all kinds of different Barbies and lots of Barbie accessories.

There are racks and racks of men's and women's clothes as well from top designers and all sorts of items for your home. There are books and beauty products. The doors open to the public Friday morning at 11 a.m.

Everything is marked 50 percent off retail and by Saturday, items will be 70 percent off. The merchandise is donated and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit Project Angel Food. The organization cooks and delivers healthy meals to people who are living with HIV, AIDS, cancer and other illnesses. Every $5 spent at Divine Design covers the cost of one meal. Now despite the economic downturn there's actually more merchandise here for savvy shoppers.

"The fashion community, the home decor community, the design community actually opened their arms a little wider to support us and had even more merchandise and more product," said Diana Bianchini, Divine Design spokesperson. "They said, 'Maybe we don't give money this year but we're going to give you 50 more dresses, we're going to give you five more couches,' so it actually was an amazing response."

The retail value is about $1 million more than what was for sale last year.

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