On January 28, 2017, the Stuart Thrift Store hosted its first ever Formal Fashions Expo. The event was inspired by over 1,000 brand-new formal dresses which have been donated by three different anonymous donors. For this exclusive event, brand-new wedding gowns were priced at just $99 with other formal wear ranging between $29 – $59 dollars. Included in the inventory were bolts of dress fabric sure to delight the crafty do-it-yourselfer or party planner. Sizes 0-22 are still available in a wide range of styles and colors.
Various wedding and party themed vendors attended to display at the expo with the goal to create a one-stop shopping extravaganza for brides-to-be and special event attendees alike. Shoes, purses, veils, floral arrangements, and other critical details were all offered at discounts during the expo. Shoppers enjoyed a fun formal wear fashion show, light hors d’oeuvres, raffle baskets, door prizes and a free dress giveaway.