Reducing dress stress
SSC student council hosting first dress resale
STANDISH –– With prom just around the corner, girls are going to be searching high and low for the perfect dress at the right price, and the Standish-Sterling council is hoping to make the search a little easier by holding a prom dress resale.
“It’s an opportunity for girls to resell their prom dresses or buy a dress at a cheaper price,” student council adviser Julie O’Keefe said. “It is something that the girls have wanted to do for the last couple years because they have been traveling all over to resell their dresses.”
O’Keefe said some of the girls have traveled as far as Frankenmuth to meet someone who had bought their dress on Facebook or other sites.
“With girls traveling all over the state to resell their dresses, we thought this would be an easier way to get them all together in one place,” she said.
O’Keefe said the idea came from girls who have seen this done before.
“It is our first time trying it,” she said. “A lot of times the kids come up to me and want to try different ideas, but never really follow through, so I said, ‘OK, if you really want to do this it has to be done before spring break because after that it’s too late.’”
“It might be a success and it might not be, but we are willing to try it,” O’Keefe said.
O’Keefe said the event is open to anyone who wants to attend.
“We have fliers up at Pinconning, Au Gres-Sims and the career center,” she said. “And it’s just a $5 donation for us to try and sell the dress. If someone wants to drop off five dresses we will be happy to sell them for them. It’s just like renting a table at a bazaar.”
O’Keefe said if anyone is interested in dropping off dresses, they can do so at the Standish-Sterling Central High School office Wednesday through Friday.
“When they drop off the dress in the office, they will get a form to fill out with their name, phone number, a description of the dress, if there are any damages to it and the price they want on the dress,” she said. “That way we know a little bit more about the product we are selling.”
O’Keefe said the girls who have taken part in other resales say that the price of the dress that they are trying to sell should be half of what they paid for it.
“ If you are going to sell it, you are going to put an affordable price on it,” she said. “I have even had people tell me that if they don’t sell the dress they would just like to donate it to someone who might not have a dress.”
“I think we will have a lot of dresses to sell, I’m just hoping people will come and buy them,” she said. “We have had a lot of support and would like to make this an annual event if successful.”
The event takes place March 15 at Standish-Sterling Central High School from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.