NEW BRAUNFELS — Brawl division is over, and alone dresses charge a new home.
According to statistics from Seventeen magazine, on average, girls absorb $195 dollars on their dresses for the big night.
Connie Worley, buyer of Celebrations in New Braunfels, said she offers a array of styles, including abbreviate dresses, brawl gowns, continued dresses and a appearance alleged high-low (short in the front, continued in the back) are offered, as able-bodied as a cardinal of artist brands.
Worley said girls appear from as far as Corpus Christi and Austin to boutique at her store. Afterwards brawl night, the once-worn dresses generally end up in a array of places.
“We get a few, but not a lot,” Lemont Patterson, administrator at the New Braunfels Goodwill, said of the cardinal of brawl dresses his business receives. “We get black dresses.”
Second-hand stores, such as My Sister’s Closet, a assignment operation specializing in women’s artist apparel, end up with dresses afterwards the affair is over. Buyer Marsha Kelley said that during the season, dresses that were formally top-dollar acquire to be apparent down.
“I usually put them on consignment. There was a Betsy Johnson dress and I apperceive (the dress owner) gave like $500, but bodies aren’t usually activity to pay alike $400 for a brawl dress,” she said. “They are aloof blessed that somebody abroad gets it, and that it isn’t sitting in their closet at home. The brawl dresses acquire abounding lives.”
Kelley said she buys buzz brawl dresses during the season, but has agitation affairs them afterwards girls are done hunting. Occasionally, bodies charge dresses for themed parties or events, such as the recently-held 1980s “Mom Prom.”
“Every already in a while, addition will charge a academic but they won’t usually abrasion a big poufy brawl dress,” she said. “I can’t advertise them, and they aloof booty up room.”
If the dresses don’t sell, Kelley said, she donates them to Community in Schools, which gives them to girls who can’t allow them otherwise, or to the Brauntex Theatre.
Similar programs, like the Princess Project, acquire brawl dresses and accessories and accord them to girls in need.
Recent New Braunfels High School alum Kaylee Bolieu is one of abounding girls whose dresses concluded up for auction on websites such as eBay or Craigslist.
“I would absolutely abrasion it again,” she said. “But there’s no break I acquire that would crave a dress that nice. I haven’t awash it yet.
“So if cipher is activity to buy it, I accept I’ll aloof save it for now in case article does appear up. If not, I will apparently aloof accumulate blurred the price. Maybe I’ll accord it.”