Shopping for dresses on a budget

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Shopping for dresses for special occasions, such as homecoming, prom, or your wedding, can be expensive. Some prom dresses can be up to $600, while wedding dresses can reach $10,000. If you want to find cheaper dresses, there are plenty of places and opportunities around the Quad Cities to find the perfect dress while staying within your budget.

Celebrate is a special event consignment and sales store located in Rock Island, Illinois. This shop offers homecoming, prom, and wedding dresses in addition to less formal dresses that are all in new or like new condition. The prices at Celebrate are 50 percent-70 percent off original retail prices. This store is open to the public three to four days a week, and they also offer private appointments. In addition, anyone can sell a dress at Celebrate. The contracts are six months long and when the dress sells, you will receive 65 percent of the selling price.

Another place to get cheap dresses is at the Davenport Prom Dress Resale on Saturday, Jan. 28. This event will be held at the First Christian Church in Davenport, Iowa, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dresses at this event will range from $35 to $350, and there will be a wide variety of dress such as prom dresses, evening gowns, and ball gowns. In addition to dresses, formal jewelry and shoes will be sold. If you would like to sell your dress at this event, registration begins at 8 a.m. Saturday morning. is a clothing and accessory webiste. The apparel from this website is rented, not bought. After wearing the dress, you simply send it back and do not have to worry about storing it for many years. Although some of the dresses are expensive, many of the dresses are under $300, with $25 off your first purchase. With so many styles and colors to choose from, this website offers dresses for numerous events such as prom, a wedding, homecoming, or simply just a day at the office.

If you do not want to buy a dress at all, you can always borrow a dress from a friend or former high school student. This may be the cheapest route to getting a dress, but there is a smaller selection to choose from. Some people require you to dry clean the dress before returning it, but this would still be cheaper than buying your own dress.


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