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Satins, sequins and lace hang from racks, waiting for the possibility that new life could be breathed into them.
The 38 dresses were being sold at the Octagon Club’s prom dress exchange — “Cinderella’s Encore: Once More Around the Dance Floor” — Saturday afternoon in the Wapakoneta High School choir room.
A new idea for the club, thought up by Morgan Bissegger, who was serving as the student chair of the event, hoped it would be a different fundraising idea that other clubs didn’t do. Plus, it saves students some costs for the prom.
“Prom can be so expensive — hair, nails, shoes,” Octagon Club co-adviser Dawn Stinebaugh said.
For girls, who aren’t going to wear their prom dresses twice, she said this gives them a lot of beautiful, and affordable, dresses to chose from, while also giving those who have dresses to get rid of an opportunity to clean out their closets and make some money.
The goal was to make sure everyone had the availability to attend their high school prom, organizers said.
“High school proms are very special to teens, but a big expense,” Stinebaugh said. “The Octagon Club is hoping there is a way to reduce the cost for girls buying a dress.
“A lot of kids can’t go to prom because of the expenses or they may have to wear the same dress they wore last year,“ she said. “This gives them other options.”
Those coming to look at dresses Saturday, seemed to be coming from neighboring school districts, of which several were invited.
Stinebaugh said after trying the sale for the first time this year, they may consider expanding it in the future and inviting students from more schools to attend.
“We wanted to get a handle on it first,” Stinebaugh said.
Owners set their own prices on dresses, accessories and shoes and paid a non-refundable $10 fee to put a dress in the sale. The $10 went to the club, with the owners of the dresses keeping the proceeds from the sale. Donated dresses were sold for $25 with all proceeds going to the club.
Proceeds from the event will be used for the Octagon Club’s annual adopt-a-family and adopt-a-highway programs, for scholarships for club members, and other service projects planned throughout the year.
Any dresses not sold were picked up by owners at the end of the day. Donated dresses may be saved for a sale next year or given to Mercy Unlimited.