In advance of the prom season, Oswego Presbyterian Church held its inaugural prom dress consignment sale on Jan. 27 and 28, giving local high school students the chance to peruse more than 200 dresses.
It was hosted by the church’s Senior High Youth Group.
Lisa Udy, a member of the Youth Leadership Team that oversees the youth group, said that the event was chosen as a way to offset expenses in the cost of the annual summer youth mission trips. This year, she said, missionaries will be traveling to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to paint houses, construct wheelchair ramps and replace decks or stairs, for those who cannot afford to or are not able to do so.
Several dresses were donated by local shop Bella-Gia, and many of the other dresses, in a variety of colors, styles and sizes, were donated by parishioners or members of the community. Consigners told Udy and the organizers whether or not they wanted their dress back, so some shorter dresses that did not sell were held for an upcoming homecoming dress resale, and some longer dresses that did not sell were either held for a future prom sale, or were donated to the YWCA in Elgin for its prom dress resale.
This was the first time for the group to sponsor a prom dress sale, Udy said; the project came from an idea to hold a homecoming dress resale. Although a homecoming sale couldn’t be planned in time for this school year, Udy said the church group is planning to hold a homecoming consignment sale on Aug. 11 and 12 at the Oswego Presbyterian Church.