Prom is one of those occasions you remember the rest of your life.
The hairdo, the shoes, the nails and the accessories. But, mostly, it's all about that dress. So, where do you find that perfect gown? Some girls shop online. Others scour area bridal shops and retail outlets. Many hit the highway and wade through several stores before finding a dress they love.
This year girls from area schools have yet another option. They'll have a chance to look through hundreds of gowns in one place. And if they choose, they can make a little money from dresses they have that are hanging in their own closets at home, too.
The first Prom Dress Swap and Social will be from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at Pequot Lakes High School.
Students from Pequot Lakes, Brainerd and Pine River-Backus will take part in this year's event, but organizers hope to involve even more schools next year.
A variety of prom dresses will be on display at the first Prom Dress Swap and Social.
Nathalja Hendrickson is one of the organizers. She is a teacher at Pequot Lakes High School and is on the prom committee. She said the idea for the event came from discussions between teachers about the cost of going to the prom for the students, especially the girls.
"It's not unusual for girls to spend hundreds of dollars," she said, "by the time the dress, tickets, meals, shoes, jewelry, nails, hair and other things are paid for. Then the dresses just hang in the closet and may never get worn again." Teachers realized that sometimes the expense of the night may prevent some students from attending.
Girls from other schools are invited to shop the event, Hendrickson said. Fliers will be distributed to Aitkin, Pillager, Crosby-Ironton and Staples-Motley.
The day will give area girls and their mothers a chance to socialize with one another.
"We will have coffee, cider, cookies and bars," said Hendrickson. Sofas will be placed in the main entry at the high school where moms can wait while their daughters try on the dresses.
Bridal shops have been invited to bring dresses from their shops for the sale also.
Hendrickson said Lakes Printing donated tags for pricing the items. Ten percent of the purchase price of each gown will be divided among the three schools organizing the event for their proms.
Those interested in selling items may bring gently worn formal dresses and accessory items like shoes and purses from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through Feb. 29 to Brainerd, Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus high schools or to Pequot Lakes High School the hour before the sale.
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