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1/22/2013 2:36:00 PM
First 'PROMise Sale' to provide affordable dresses, raise money

NewsTribune photo/Goldie CurriePROMise Sale coordinator Amy Thompson adjusts a dress on a mannequin at First United Methodist Church, Princeton.
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PROMise Sale coordinator Amy Thompson adjusts a dress on a mannequin at First United Methodist Church, Princeton.
To donate a dress

Drop off: First United Methodist Church, located at 316 S. Church St., Princeton
Questions? (815) 872-2821
Visit: Facebook page, PROMise Sale for more information
Accepting any new or gently used prom, pageant and bridesmaid dresses, accessories and shoes.

Goldie Currie
Princeton Bureau Chief

PRINCETON — Although prom season isn’t for a couple months, the buzz is growing for Amy Thompson of Princeton who is organizing the first ever area PROMise Sale.
Her project includes collecting gently used prom, pageant and bridesmaid dresses to resell at affordable prices to ‘promgoers’ this season.

“The idea came to me last spring when the buzz about prom was going on and ... I was listening to how bad the economy was and it just kind of went together in my mind and the idea was there,” she said. “It’s an opportunity for girls to buy something pretty to be proud of and to get at an affordable price.”

Although the sale isn’t until March 2, Thompson is working hard to spread the word and expand her dress collection.

“We’re really pushing for pageant and prom dresses,” she said. “We need bling ... We need bedazzled.”

The sale will also include shoes and jewelry.

“We will set you up with the whole ensemble,” Thompson said. 
Anyone is invited to attend the sale, which will be held in the First United Methodist Church hall in Princeton.

All proceeds raised from the sale will be split in half and donated to the Princeton Ministerial Association and the Living Works Suicide Prevention walk.
“Girls that come to this sale might not find something they like, but they might find something that they’ll get an idea and say, ‘you know what, I could totally turn this dress into something,’” Thompson said.

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