Teens and teachers address potential prom-night apparel predicaments

10:48 am | January 30, 2013

For many high school girls, prom can be one of the most magical times of their young lives.

Students and staff organize some of the dresses that were donated to Hampton High School for its dress sale on Saturday.

Photo by Brandon Hicks
Students and staff organize some of the dresses that were donated to Hampton High School for its dress sale on Saturday.

The flowery corsages, fine dining, and, of course, the ornate, flowing dresses are staples of most girls’ ideal prom night.

For parents and guardians, however, those dreams can turn into nightmares when all the costs tally up.

“It’s nothing for some of these dresses to cost upwards of $400,” said Hampton High Spanish teacher Amy Banner. “If you can sell a dress like that for $100, you’re saving them a lot.”

Making those types of sales is exactly what students and faculty had in mind when they organized a collection of used prom dresses and jewelry.

“People keep bringing them in,” Banner said. “We’re getting things from within the school and outside in the community as well.”

The sale will offer the same lavish dresses, albeit a little worn, for hundreds of dollars less than a brand new dress.

“With the prom dress or jewelry sales, they can get something at a fraction of the cost,” said English teacher Tracie Shelton, who helped organize the event.

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