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Getting exquisite without getting expensive
The dance is over.
The music has been long silent and the dress hangs limp in the back of the closet. Its sequins and floor length allure that made it THE dress you had to have, have been replaced with a knee-length retro number.
But now, Olympic High School parent Denise Mairs hopes to put those used dresses to good use. She is gathering yesterdays glittery, velvety, shiny, soft, garments for a lending closet she hopes will have dresses for girls of all shapes and sizes and styles.
With shoes and bags and all the accessories it turns out to be quite a bit of money, Mairs said.
And with two big dances a year, not including prom, that can be a lot of money.
Its pretty important, said Mairs daughter Katie about wearing the right dress. Everyones going to see you, so you have to look your best, she said.
Katie and friend Carly Page, both high school juniors shave costs by doing their own make-up and hair.
Id rather get a used dress if it will save me money, Page said.
With the retro and vintage looks being so popular now, wearing used clothing doesnt have the stigma it would have 5-10 years ago.
Mairs got the idea when she noticed her older daughters friends werent going to the dances because they didnt have or couldnt afford something to wear. Many of her dresses are now donations to the closet.
Getting a dress to the dance wasnt something Mairs could afford when she was a girl. So she didnt go.
It wasnt something I asked for. It wasnt in the budget, she said.
The dresses and accessories will be stored in the Mairs basement. She will take any dress that is in good condition, no matter what style. People can call to make an appointment to borrow a dress. If a dress is borrowed Mairs asks that it be returned in the condition it left the house in, including being dry cleaned.
I hope that its something that is going to pan out, she said.
To make an appointment contact Denise Mairs at (360) 479-5418.