On a recent Tuesday afternoon, one of Greensboro’s most popular boutique thrift stores was transformed into the Spartan version of “Project Runway.” Students in the Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies (CARS) at UNC Greensboro took over the Bargain Box, where they had 30 minutes to style a mannequin with clothing and accessories in the store.

The project, Speed Styling and Application, is the third hands-on experience that is part of the RCS 363 Visual Merchandising and Product Presentation class.

“I spent almost 30 years in industry,” said Anne Mitchell Wood, a CARS lecturer and internship director. “It’s important to me that students are not just doing projects in the classroom but are working on projects that have a real-world impact.”

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Originally published March 21, 2019.