PITTSBURG -- Boutique shopping is about to be redefined.
A Contra Costa County nonprofit will be holding its first "traveling boutique" in Pittsburg on Saturday, where hundreds are expected to shop for free clothes and other items.
The bounty comes courtesy of White Pony Express, which has chosen Pittsburg as the first stop for distributing new and nearly new clothes and shoes, children's books, toys and games to residents of a low-income neighborhood.
The giveaway will be 1 to 4 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 153 W. Leland Road.
To participate, area residents must pick up a ticket, which entitles them to "shop" for the items they need during a prescribed 45-minute period.
Three separate boutiques will be held -- one per hour -- in between which volunteers will restock for the next group.
Individuals may choose four items each in addition to one toy and a book per child.
Refreshments will be served.
White Pony Express volunteers will operate the boutique.
As an additional perquisite, two professional wardrobe consultants will be on hand to help shoppers choose the style of clothes matching their needs, such as an outfit appropriate for a job interview.
Individuals wishing to help White Pony Express are invited to donate funds, items and their time. Businesses wanting to donate adult and children's clothing and children's books, toys, and games can call the organization's hotline at 925-322-0604 and leave a message.
Reach Rowena Coetsee at 925-779-7141.