Prom dress sale continues
The Jefferson County 4-H organization is continuing its prom dress re-sale gala, with fittings by appointment and two more open houses from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and March 23 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Activity Building.
According to Kaye Gilbert, Jefferson County 4-H youth coordinator, the fourth annual prom dress re-sale event started with 118 consigned dresses at its first open house weekend Jan. 19-20 and is now down to less than 100 dresses in all sizes and styles.
“We have short dresses, long dresses, what I call slinky dresses to the Cinderella ball gown type dresses,” she said. “We have retro dresses, and we have dresses that have never been worn.”
Gilbert added several cocktail-style dresses that would be perfect for women going on a cruise or to a formal event also have been consigned.
Accessories, including shoes and jewelry, also have been consigned.
The gala is open to anyone, not just 4-H members, to consign and to shop.
Those who consigned dresses and assessories set their own prices. If an item sells, a 10 percent commission goes to the Jefferson County 4-H organization to help pay for enrollment fees, awards and other program expenses.
Plans are for dresses to be organized by sizes.
Plans also are for each dress to be labeled with what year and to which prom or event it was worn so anyone concerned about showing up in a “repeat dress” can know the background of the dress, but each shopper also is encouraged to use her imagination to make a dress uniquely hers with accessories, like jewelry and shoes, and alterations.
Gilbert said although some of the consigned dresses have been worn to local proms at Fairfield, Van Buren, Pekin, Mount Pleasant, Washington and Columbus Junction, others have been worn to events outside the area in Des Moines, the Quad Cities, at college events and on cruises.
Organizers are planning to have a screened off area in the activity building, with sheets on the floor to help keep the dresses clean, where shoppers can try on their choices. Gilbert said helpers will be available to assist girls in and out of dresses.
Dresses not sold will be picked up by the owners. If someone doesn’t want a dress back, Gilbert will donate it to an organization of the owner’s choice, such as Goodwill, The Bargain Box or the Fairfield High School drama department.
Anyone with questions about the prom dress re-sale can contact Gilbert by calling 472-4166.