Prom season isn’t quite over and now there’s a new resource for young people looking who can’t afford to spend hundreds of dollars on a gown to wear one night.
The Royal Closet, a prom and homecoming dress exchange program, has just opened its doors in Liberty Lake.
Spring Goode and her daughter, Taylor, 18, began collecting prom dresses last fall. By early spring, they had about 200 gently-used dresses and gowns ready to wear.
“The Kent School District has something similar, and we thought, why not give it a try?” Spring Goode said.
The Royal Closet is meant to be an exchange program where you bring in a dress and take another one home.
But young women can also “check out” a dress for prom or homecoming.
Goode said she hopes to get the dresses back so other young women can wear them, but she’s not too worried about that right now.
On April 15, the Royal Closet held its first free prom attire event at Valley Point Church.
“It was amazing. The girls were just so happy,” Spring Goode said.
She hopes to expand the nonprofit organization to also include prom attire for young men.
“We did get a couple of pairs of dress shoes, but I would love to do more for the boys,” Spring Goode said. “Even if we had suspenders and bow ties, that would be helpful.”
The East Valley High School junior class took the Royal Closet on as a class project, and collected dresses and helped out at the event.
Goode secured the help from Thompson Laundry Co. - Careful Cleaners on Pines Road. The company cleaned the dresses for free and also lent clothing racks.
She just got the 501-C3 registration taken care of and plans to spend the summer getting even more organized so she can be ready for homecoming.
“It’s just great to get one more date out of that dress,” Goode said.
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