KINGSPORT - Prom season is just around the corner and, for most girls, that means the search is on.
The search for the perfect dress, that is - the one that looks great, meets the parents' approval, and doesn't break the bank.
Impossible, you say? Not this year, says the Sullivan North Student Council.
Four formal events each year add up to a lot of used formal and semiformal gowns in the closets of North's students and teachers, Student Council sponsor Suzanne Demming said. So this weekend, the club will give girls from all over the area a chance to shop for quality used dresses at reasonable prices during its first-ever prom dress sale.
"I can't say for sure how many dresses we'll have. We don't really know because the dresses that'll be sold won't be turned in until Saturday morning. But from all indications, we expect to have a lot of good dresses at very good prices," Demming said.
"We should have a lot of different dresses - both formal and semiformal," she added.
The cash-only dress sale will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Sullivan North High School gym lobby. The dresses will be sold at the price set by the owner with no profit for the club, Demming said.
"This is a service project for us. We feel like it will give girls the opportunity to sell their dresses and get some money for them, and help the other girls by giving them an opportunity to buy dresses at more affordable prices," she explained.
North has several formal occasions each year, Demming said, including a large homecoming court and the queen of hearts and prom, which means students there sometimes have formal and semiformal gowns they wear once and then stick in the closet.
What the Student Council has asked is that those students, and teachers who have daughters with dresses stored away in their closets, take advantage of an opportunity to recoup some of the money they originally spent on those dresses while offering other girls in the area - both those at North and from other high schools - a chance to purchase quality dresses at reasonable prices.
"Again, we won't know for sure what we have until Saturday. But I've talked to a lot of people - and even seen a few of the dresses they're going to bring in - and I expect some beautiful gowns at really good prices," Demming said.
The sale is open to the public.