Goodwill's Bridal & Prom Showcase Offers an Affordable Alternative

Added by on March 28th, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

In tough times, Goodwill Helps Shoppers Find their Dream Dress at a Bargain Price


Concord, NH & Rockland, ME– Goodwill Industries of Northern New England invites shoppers to its premiere annual event, the Goodwill Bridal & Prom Showcase. Hundreds of new and gently used dresses in contemporary styles will be for sale, including prom, wedding gown, bridesmaid, mother of the bride and special occasion dresses. There will be two events this year held on Saturday, April 9, from 9 am to 2 pm. One event will be held at the Concord (NH) Goodwill Retail Store (204 Loudon Road) and the other event will be held at the Rockland (ME) Goodwill Retail Store. Celebration activities include prize drawings every half hour, the opportunity to meet with wedding professionals, and model volunteers showcasing a variety of dresses. The event is free and open to the public.

This is the fourth year Goodwill has hosted the Bridal and Prom Showcase.  Past year’s events were held in Augusta and Portland, Maine and Hooksett, New Hampshire. Michelle Smith, Communications Manager, noted that she has even higher hopes for this year’s two events.  “In these tough times, it is important to offer alternatives for formal wear. Everyone is looking for ways to save money and spend less in this economy. There is no need to spend hundreds of dollars on a dress, when you can spend a fraction of that and look just as great.” Dresses range in price from $9.99 to $299. Gently used dresses will be available for $9.99 and there will also be high end gowns available for $299 (which retail at $6,000). Smithi also noted, “In addition to formal wear, shoppers will also be able to peruse a wide selection of shoes, pashmina shawls, jewelry, and accessories.”  Dresses will be available in the store all weekend.

Proceeds from the sale of dresses will help fund Goodwill’s job training and support services in northern New England.

Participating vendors in Concord include:

RSVP to the Concord event on Facebook!

Participating vendors in Rockland include:

Ken Christian
Senior Director, Communications
Goodwill Administrative Office

About Goodwill Industries of Northern New England

Goodwill Industries of Northern New England has a 10-year goal of being instrumental in moving 10,000 households out of poverty and into stability in our territory of Maine, New Hampshire and northern Vermont.

We not only create training opportunities and jobs within Goodwill, our Workforce Services helps local businesses build their own workforce. As an employer of more than 2,000 people and a social service provider, we have a unique perspective that can help other employers find and keep reliable employees.

Goodwill Neurorehabilitation Services in Portland, Maine and Lewiston, Maine offers comprehensive brain injury services and treatment options for people with acquired brain injuries. At Goodwill Neurorehabilitation Services, comprehensive, community-based therapies are provided to assist individuals with cognitive, emotional and physical needs – so lives can get back on track after a brain injury.

Recycled Cycles, a Goodwill NNE service in New Hampshire, is a partnership with the Central New Hampshire Bicycling Coalition to create job training opportunities repairing and maintaining bicycles. Program participants also benefit through individualized training and mentoring. Recycled Cycles is focused on increasing community awareness about the health, environmental and cost benefits to transportational cycling.

Goodwill Industries of Northern New England operates 23 residential homes across Maine for people with diverse challenges – acquired brain injury, intellectual disability or other barrier to independence that requires continuous support from Goodwill staff.

Our services are funded by revenue from retail and recycling operations, grants, fees, and philanthropic gifts.  Please visit for more information.

Updated 1 year ago by Kimberly Curry

Sustainability & Goodwill NNE

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