Lakeland Interact Club is offering an opportunity for high school girls to purchase formal dresses for prom, winter ball or homecoming at a reasonable price.
“There are three formal dances in high school, and I see kids go to all three dances all four years, and they buy an over $100 dress every time,” Whitney Hewitt, Interact president and Lakeland Union High School senior, said. “Then you have a closet full of dresses, and you can’t wear a big poofy prom dress anywhere else.”
Interact Club is accepting donations of gently used formal dresses, which can be dropped off at Lakeland Union High School or This-N-That Resale, located at 812 State Highway 47, Woodruff.
The dress sale will be held Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 12 and 13, at This-N-That Resale.
“The Interact board is in charge of the event. We all really like the idea,” Hewitt said. “Honestly, it used to be a board of all girls, and we invited two guys onto the board. So we’re mostly all girls and we have a bunch of dresses, and we like the idea of selling them.”
Hewitt and the rest of the Interact board understand that many times formal dresses can have steep price tags. Because of this, there is the option of selling a dress to the club.
“Some people are going to donate their dresses, which is awesome, but some people are going to sell us their dresses,” Hewitt said. “We have people that bought a $100 dress and never wore it, so we can give them X amount of dollars for it, sell it for a little bit more and still make a profit.”
The price at which Interact will purchase gently used dresses will vary from garment to garment.
“We are going to vote as a board, exclusively, to decide how much to give them,” Hewitt said.
Details of the dress sale
Though the idea to hold a dress sale came up last year, the organization was now able to capitalize on it because of This-N-That’s generosity and support.
“This-N-That literally came out and said, ‘You can have it here.’ They’re not asking for anything, and that’s one of the reasons we’re pushing it forward is because we have an opportunity to do so,” Hewitt said.
Hewitt compared the dress sale to borrowing a dress from a friend’s closet.
“I’m not expecting to get ‘thrift store’ dresses,” she said. “People buy high quality dresses for dances and those would be the people that we’re hoping will donate or sell to us.”
Not only will customers of the dress sale benefit by finding low-cost, high-quality dresses, but they will also be supporting a good cause at the same time.
All proceeds from the organization’s gently-used dress sale will benefit Heifer International Catalog, a nonprofit organization with the goal of ending world hunger and poverty by gifting livestock, such as goats or sheep, as well as training to those in need.
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