by Pam Tharp
Originally appeared February 25, 2011 & reprinted with permission of the Palladium-Item.
Prom this spring might be more affordable for area high school girls who shop for their dress at the Union County Public Library.
The library [accepted] gently worn evening dresses for its consignment sale, said staff member Nicki Hertel. The gowns [were] sold from 9 a.m. to noon March 19 and 26 at the library.
The sale is open to anyone who wants a low-cost prom dress, Hertel said. Those consigning dresses to the sale may set their own prices and 10 percent of the price goes to the Union County Friends of the Library, staff member Brittany Hudson said. Dresses can be donated instead of consigned, she said.
Dresses worn in weddings also will be accepted, Hudson said. The sale has been advertised to all area schools, so the dresses likely won't all come from Union County students.
Hudson, who is now in college, will sell several dresses from past proms and homecomings. She said she expects most dresses will sell for less than $50, while new prom dresses can cost as much as $400.
"We want them to be fashionable and up-to-date. The prom dresses will be on display in the community room," Hudson said. "We'll have dressing areas where you can try on the dresses. We'll also have accessories like purses, shoes and jewelry."
Library director Karen Kahl said she's wanted to do a prom dress sale for two years. Parents are bringing in dresses their grown daughters left behind, she said.
"I raised three daughters and I know how expensive girls are, especially with the economy as it is," Kahl said. "It's a way to help kids make some money and make prom affordable for other kids."
Union County prom couples may enter a drawing for candlelight dinner at the most exclusive spot in Liberty with a view of the courthouse square, Hertel said.
Kahl will prepare dinner on prom night at the library for the winner for a table of six, which will be served in the original Carnegie reading room on the library's second floor. The library's staff room has acquired a new stove on which dinner will be prepared, Hertel said.
For more information on the prom dress consignment sale, call the Union County Public Library, (765) 458-5355.