Consignment Shops: Smart Alternative for Prom Gowns

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With prom season right around the corner, teenage girls are busy envisioning the perfect prom dress to wear on that perfect night…. Problem is, Mom and Dad are usually footing the bill which only begins with the dress. Add to that shoes, jewelry, foundations, manicure, pedicure, hair appointment, tan, pictures and the prom budget gets maxed fast. Fortunately, resale stores and consignment shops can help save serious dollars off prom expenses with prom dresses, shoes and jewelry priced less than half the original retail price! (“Consignment Chic”) features a newly updated listing of premier consignment stores as well as an online store featuring some of the best items from consignment shops all across the country.

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THE Online Community and Marketplace for those who Love Consignment Shopping

"Why buy a brand new gown and pay full price when you can buy a gown that's been worn once for half price or less."

With the tightening of the economy, now shoppers are open to finding new ways to stretch their budgets. More and more consumers are heading to consignment shops in search of great deals on everything from designer handbags to furniture to the perfect prom or pageant gown. Now instead of heading straight to a traditional bridal shop to find the prom dress of their dreams, consumers are discovering there is a smart and savvy alternative to paying upwards of $300 to $400 for a dress they plan to wear just one time.

Resale and consignment shops carry not only pre-owned gowns in like new condition but also many stores order off-price gowns that are brand new with tags. In either case, these special occasion dresses are typically less than two years old, in fabulous condition or brand new and in the most current styles. At Collage Designer Consignment in Birmingham, Alabama, consigned formal gowns typically range from $59-$149, while new gowns are priced from $99-$225. Consignment and resale shops typically price their merchandise anywhere from 50% to 80% off retail prices providing amazing deals to girls at a time when they really need help with their budget. Consignment features a list of consignment stores located throughout the country.

Stephanie Roulier, owner of Second Elegance in Homewood, Alabama, said that the most frequent comment she hears from customers is, “Why buy a brand new gown and pay full price when you can buy a beautiful gown that’s been worn once for half price or less.”

Another benefit of shopping consignment is that it truly is recycling. Consigning apparel and other items from the home purges those resources and frees them to be used by others. The consignor gets more space in their closet and some money back out of their items, the shopper saves money and the stores stay in business and keep people employed. Everyone wins in consignment! Once a gown is purchased, worn to the event and then cleaned, if it is still in fabulous condition, there may be some resale value left and the cycle can begin again.

To find a consignment shop to purchase or sell a gown or other fabulous items, there is a complete listing of Consignment Chic’s partner stores on the Store Finder on is the premier online consignment shopping resource for those who love consignment shopping. Consignment Chic’s online store is THE online shopping destination for those who appreciate designer apparel and accessories without the designer prices.

Consignment Chic is a partner of ARI, the Association of Resale Innovation, a member of NARTS, the National Association of Resale and Thrift Stores and ECMTA, and the E-Commerce Merchants Trade Association.

Tracy True Dismukes is the Host of the Consignment Chic Television Show and and is the owner of a chain of three consignment shops called Collage Designer Consignment in Birmingham, Alabama. Dismukes has a finance degree from Auburn and an MBA from Samford, is the Media Contact for ARI and is Past President of NARTS, the National Association of Resale and Thrift Shops.

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