Ask high-schoolers about prom, and they might describe it as a priceless night.
Ask Mom or Dad, and they’ll likely be able to put a price on it very easily.
And so on.
A new initiative, “Alyse’s Closet,” hopes to trim that figure to something a bit more manageable.
Mothers of high school juniors are organizing a resale/consignment shop that will offer prom dresses, jewelry, accessories and more for a fraction of retail prices.
Located in the new storefront adjacent to Traded Treasures on Jackson Street, Alyse’s Closet will offer items in good condition while raising money for prom and post-prom activities.
One of the primary organizers, Sara Splittgaber, understands the difficulties well.
Prom, she noted, “is more fun for the daughters [than the parents], and it’s expensive ... I would say an average [cost for a dress] is $200. You can tell the dresses that are $400 to $500 walking through the grand march.
“It’s just like weddings: everything has become so overpriced.”