Cutting Down The Price of Prom One Dress at a Time

Updated: 03/04/2014 5:10 PM
Created: 03/04/2014 5:04 PM
By: Laurie Stribling

Prom season is right around the corner, and if you have a kid in high school, you know it can get expensive. A group in Duluth is trying to change that.

"Dress prices right now are insane," Event Coordinator Breanna Johnson said.

A vacant space in the Piedmont Plaza has been transformed into a prom dress consignment store. Johnson said she hopes to make prom pocketbook friendly.

"This gives girls a chance to recoup some of that money they spend on the old one just hanging in the closet," Johnson said. "It also gives the girls a chance to get a new dress for prom without spending hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of dollars."

The Prom Shopping Spectacular offers a wide variety. Dresses range in price from $20 to about $300. Sizes range from 00 to 24.

As of Tuesday, there were about 200 dresses ready to sell.

"It's a good opportunity for the community," mom Sara Chmielewski said.

Chmielewski was just one of many moms who stopped in with their daughters' dresses.

"My daughter loved the dress," mom Lora Lee Chiaverini said. "We didn't want it to hang in the closet for the next 20 years."

Sellers make back 60 percent of the going price and buyers get gowns for about 60 percent off.

"Somebody else should get to wear those instead of it just hanging there," Johnson said. "What better way to do that then to sell it to somebody else so someone can get another use out of it."

If you have a dress you want to drop off, you can swing by from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday.

The sale starts Saturday and runs through March 15.

They're open Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturdays they're open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday they're open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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