Local women open The Glass Slipper, offering free prom dresses, accessoriesA group of women is “making every Cinderella a princess in time for the prom” — and doing it on a budget.
By: Jennifer Jungwirth, The Daily Republic
A group of women is “making every Cinderella a princess in time for the prom” — and doing it on a budget.
The Glass Slipper, an event that will offer a variety of free, gently used prom dresses, shoes and jewelry for area high school girls, is set for Feb. 3 and 4 at the Wesleyan Church in Mitchell. The event is an effort involving five local and area women — Cindy Krall, Jolene Kayser, Erin Tuttle, Colleen Mette and Wendy Royston.
“Girls spend a lot of money on dresses,” said Mette, who is also prom adviser in Parkston. “I’ve had a few girls spend $400 on a dress — and that’s not even with shoes and hair. I’d say girls spend between $200 and $600 on prom.
“We’re just hoping to reach more girls who don’t want to spend that much and who are saving up for bigger things.”
The Glass Slipper will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 3 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 4. Donations of dresses, shoes and jewelry are being accepted Tuesday through Friday at the church. Those who want to donate can also call 999-8275 or 933-1871. Drawings will also be held for salon gift certificates.
Personal shoppers will be on hand to help girls select dresses and sizes during the event.
“We want to make it special for them,” Krall said.
The idea of swapping dresses is not a new concept. Mette has been collecting dresses for girls in Parkston for the past two years.
And Kayser, who started the Mitchell Area Trash and Treasures online rummage sale group on Facebook, noticed that online users had a need to get rid of formal dresses.
The posts sparked the idea.
“We know how expensive prom dresses are, and if you can go swap dresses each year, why not?” Kayser said.
Around 30 schools in the area were notified about The Glass Slipper. The wide range of donations should allow girls a variety of styles.
Mitchell High School’s prom is slated for April 21 at the Corn Palace, and Parkston’s is also at the end of April, but Mette said girls are already looking for their dress.
“This is a good time for them to start looking,” Mette said. “And some girls go to two or three proms, and sometimes they want to wear the same dress and sometimes they don’t.”
And even if they don’t find the perfect dress, Mette said, “your name goes into a drawing for a free up-do, which saves another $40 to $60.”