By Caroline Wigmore
The first gently-used prom dress sale, intended to offer affordable dresses to local girls for prom, is set for Saturday, Feb. 7 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Blue Note in Winsted.
Eight area schools have been invited to contribute to the sale and shop at it as well, including Dassel-Cokato, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Delano, Glencoe-Silver Lake, Lester Prairie, Norwood Young America, Watertown-Mayer, Holy Trinity, and Waconia schools.
The idea for the sale came to Jill Doering of Waverly, after many years of cleaning out her closets, which were full of formal dresses from past events that she knew wouldn’t be worn again.
Doering knew that she was one of many women who have daughters with gently-used dresses taking up closet space, while some girls, in light of the economy, won’t be able to afford a dress.
Along with a few friends, Doering put together the dress sale, which she hopes will become an annual tradition.
“I want the dresses to be very affordable,” Doering said. “It’s about the girls who can’t afford prom dresses,” she added.
“An average dress at the sale will cost about $20 to $50,” Doering said.
“Times are tough, and it’s time we started doing stuff like this,” she added.
Admission to the sale is free and open to the public. It will feature dresses, jewelry, shoes, and purses.
Several local businesses will be present at the sale with stands, including Natural Balance Floral of Waverly, Winsted Floral, It’s All In The Bag of Waverly, Duran Photography of Winsted, and more. Seamstress services will also be available.
Donated dresses should include a tag noting size, original value, and any other comments about the dress.
All proceeds go towards the HLWW after prom party.
How to donate a
dress or other items
To donate a dress to the gently-used prom dress sale, call Jill Doering at (763) 658-4206, or e-mail Mary Streich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for donations is Wednesday, Feb. 4.