Formal dress bargains

Dresses of many colors and styles, including prom, bridesmaid, mother of the groom, mother of the bride and formal dresses will soon line the right front corner of the Marietta Goodwill Retail Store at 1303 Colegate Drive.

Renea Ross, assistant manager, said the variety of dresses for Goodwill’s Formal Extravaganza, which will be held on Monday, is huge.

“There are close to 80 dresses,” she said.

The dresses come in all colors and styles, ranging from white to orange, short to long, fancy or a little less so and two pieces to strapless.

The dresses of many colors were donated by a local boutique that went out of business and still have the tags on them. While many of the dresses are tagged at more than $100, shoppers won’t be paying that.

Ross said the price range of the dresses would be determined sometime today, when the dresses would actually be sorted.

“They’re brand new dresses, with price tags and everything,” she said. “They will be sold at a fraction of the (tagged) price.”

According to manager Faye Pierpoint, the dresses may be sold at $75 and up.

“Some might be cheaper than that,” she said.

While the clothing at Goodwill is donated, money from sales must cover bills and paychecks.

“A portion of our proceeds go to the (Goodwill) Training Center,” Ross said.

Kim Mossholder, administrator, workforce development and human services with the Goodwill Training Center said the services are offered to individuals with disabilities and employees.

“We offer job training and placement services to individuals with disabilities and individuals who are disadvantaged and unemployed,” she said. “We also offer services to employees who need resources; maybe one is struggling with their job. We help the employee learn new work skills to retain their employment.”

The Formal Extravaganza has some local ladies thinking about formal wear.

Bonnie Thomas, 77, of Newport, said she goes to Goodwill often and might be willing to look at some formal dresses to wear on a night out with her boyfriend.

“It depends on what the dress looks like and where we’re going,” Thomas said. “If it wasn’t real formal, (I’d wear it) for Easter or special occasions…I love beautiful clothes.”

Ross said the dresses will be eligible for the senior discount, which offers 10 percent off for those 55 and older.

“I’d wear one to a church banquet,” said Goodwill shopper Marolyn DeLancey, 65. “Maybe to church, but definitely to the church banquet.”

DeLancey added that she may bring some of the students from the Marietta Bible Center Church. The church helps students from Papau New Guinea, the Philippines, Africa and other countries who wish to become preachers and missionaries.

“I might bring them and share it with them,” DeLancey said, adding that she usually helped them pick out suits, dresses and formal wear.

Many of the dresses that will be on sale at the Extravaganza include satiny prom dresses of dark blues, blacks, maroons, oranges and greens, some short while others are floor length and ranging in styles from strapless to halter.

The rainbow of colors and styles should be a draw for juniors and seniors in high school who are currently preparing for prom night.

Ashton Wisenbarger, 18, a senior at Marietta High School, said she’s only looked for dresses online.

“I’ve only looked briefly,” she added.

Tyler Lamb, 18, also a senior at MHS, said that she rarely buys dresses that cost a lot of money.

“I haven’t bought a dress over $60,” Lamb said. “I just don’t care.”

Meanwhile, MHS juniors Taylor Smith, 16, and Brittany Deskins, 17, said they haven’t even started looking for dresses.

“I really need to,” Smith said.

Alexa Fouss, 16, also a junior, said that she would consider buying a dress from Goodwill’s Extravaganza.

“It’s cool,” she said. “I never knew they carried prom dresses.”

Ross said she was eagerly awaiting Monday morning, when the dresses will be nicely displayed with accessories, including shoes and a few gloves.

“The right person has to come in and find the right size and the right style,” she said. “There (is) no school on Monday. The (high school) kids can come get their first pick on the first day.”