By Jim Donovan

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Springtime is prom season. If you’re a parent of a teenage girl you know what that means, spending money on everything from hair and makeup to shoes and that all important prom dress. But as always, Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan is on your side and tells about a dress sale that will be difficult to pass up.

It’s hard to justify spending hundreds of dollars on a dress that a teen may only wear once or twice.but what if I told you that you could spend $30 or less? Now that’s a bargain! This spring young women can stretch their dollars without sacrificing style at Goodwill’s second annual prom dress sale in Pennsauken, New Jersey. Juli Lundberg of Goodwill says, “There are at least 300 gowns. All different sizes, all different styles, short long, lots of sequins, very traditional, a little bit of everything.”

With price tags that can’t be beat, ranging from $19.99 to $29.99. The gowns range in sizes from zero to 16, many come from local vendors. Lundberg says, “These dresses are donations from area formal wear stores and bridal boutiques. All year long we solicit from these stores and they are very generous donating their surplus to us.” Some of the dresses are donated by shoppers complete with their original tags, many may have changed their minds after purchasing them from a shop or a department store. Lundberg says, “We see this a lot with all of our merchandise, a lot of stuff comes in with tags on it, it just wasn’t their taste. and they bring it in and donate it. As if $19.99 isn’t a great deal. Goodwill also has some gently used gowns for sale, starting at $7.99!

Goodwill is located at 5461 Route 70 in Pennsauken. The sale runs Saturday, March 26 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Based on the success of last year, I suggest get that interested shoppers get there early.


Reported by Jim Donovan, CBS 3

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