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Prom event was a success

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business Farmington, 55024
Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

Prom season in Farmington got off to a running start last weekend.

There were 85 dresses sold cheap at a prom event held Friday through Sunday at downtown's Grand Hall Studio. That has event organizer Michelle Overbey excited, but it's only the beginning. Overbey, who owns downtown secondhand store Shidor, still has 150 dresses left to sell.

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Overbey teamed up with Total Care Cleaners owner Yury Slutsky to hold the event. For the past several years Slutsky has collected used prom dresses, cleaned them and sold them cheap to people looking for a bargain. Overbey joined the effort this year and kicked things into overdrive. She planned last weekend's event, at which dresses sold for between $5 and $15, and brought in vendors to sell affordable jewelry and offer discounts on photos, hairstyling and more.

That combination brought in crowds of eager shoppers.

"The vendors seemed to be pretty pleased," Overbey said.

There were people waiting on the sidewalk before the doors opened Friday afternoon and crowds were good throughout the weekend. Overbey and her son recruited students from Farmington High School and other area schools for a Saturday afternoon fashion show, and aside from four models failing to show up the event went smoothly.

About the only disappointment was an apparent reluctance among shoppers to see the potential in some of the dresses, as long as they were willing to do a little altering.

"I wanted them to be more open-minded about what they could do with it," she said.

Overbey still has the left over dresses in her store. On Monday afternoon she'd already had a few mothers come in because they weren't able to make it to the weekend event. She plans to continue selling the dresses, many of which are very nice and some of which might be better used as Halloween costumes, at least through prom season.

And if they don't sell, at least she's got a good jump on the supply for next year's event.

"It was a huge success," Overbey said. "I'm lad I have one under my belt."

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