Here's a nifty, sort of thrifty, way to buy for prom

NEIGHBORS

March 07, 1994|By CINDY PARR

Believe it or not, prom season is just around the corner and that means it won't be long before teen-age girls start to search for the perfect dress.

Parents shudder at the thought of how much it will cost to deck out their darlings. It's a special night, but why break the bank?

With that thought in mind, I'll offer a viable option that will save buyers some greenbacks and present a creative shopping experience for this year's prom-goer.

Why not check out the third annual Prom Fair '94, which will take place March 18-20 in the vacated Country Willows store in Cranberry Mall.

The fair is sponsored by the Westminster High School Class of 1994 Parent Boosters. It serves as a fund-raiser for the school's senior prom.

Here's how it works:

The owners of dresses worn to past proms consign their garments to the sale. Each dress is priced and placed on a sale rack.

"These are dresses that were worn one time by the original owner. When we put the dress on the rack, we write down where [the high school] and when the dress was last worn," said Carol Donovan, chairwoman of Prom Fair '94.

"We [the Class of 1994] take 25 percent of the selling price and the consigner gets the rest."

Mrs. Donovan said the Prom Fair is a great way for prom dress shoppers to find a fashionable dress for a reasonable price.

"We receive a lot of bridesmaid dresses and dresses from shops that specialize in prom dresses," Mrs. Donovan said.

"Some of these dresses sell for as little as $20, but most sell for $50 to $60. This is a good opportunity for girls to get something different, a dress that won't be out in the stores this year."

This year's Prom Fair is expected to feature about 600 dresses.

In addition to the three-day dress sale, the fair also will give shoppers a chance to win many door prizes, which will include free tuxedo rentals, limo rides and complimentary dinners at area restaurants.

"We are doing things a little differently this year, in that it will not be as much of an event as it was in the past," Mrs. Donovan said.

"This year, we will have more of a prom shop where people can come in and look around. We will still have door prizes and the roving fashion show with the girls from 4-H wearing the gowns. It will not take the same preparation that it has in the past."

The Prom Fair has been a successful fund-raiser for the Class of 1994. Proceeds exceeded $2,000 in each of the past two years.

Once-worn prom dresses will be accepted Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Country Willows.

The Prom Fair will be open March 18 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., March 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and March 20 from noon to 5 p.m.

Information: 857-5494 or 848-0363.

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Can you imagine being part of the largest baby shower in Maryland? The fifth annual Largest Baby Shower in Carroll County will be from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Wilhelm's Ltd. on Route 140 in Westminster.

About 230 expectant mothers and their guests will gather to learn more about children and the art of parenting.

Chris Spicer, the event's chairwoman, said participants will receive information through displays and guest speakers.

"The program will feature exhibits on parenting, prenatal care, child health, breast-feeding and safety seats," Ms. Spicer said.

"We will also have Rosalie Street, executive director of Parent Action in Baltimore, address the rewards and challenges of being a parent.

"Dr. Karen Dewling, director of the pediatric house program at Carroll County General Hospital, will also speak."

Ms. Spicer said guests will receive lunch and numerous door prizes will be given.

The shower is an effort of Carroll County General Hospital, Carroll County Family Support Center, Carroll County Health Department, Carroll County Public Library and Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc.

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