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Janine is a 20-year veteran journalist who puts her sleuthing skills to use unearthing deals and discounts for families in the Tampa Bay area. Raising her own two daughters has taught her that some of the best things in life are “free” but not necessarily “cheap.”
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Brides can save big at annual Goodwill gown sale
Posted May 13, 2013 by Janine Dorsey
Updated May 13, 2013 at 09:23 AM
Brides can once again - maybe for the last time ever - score deep, deep discounts on their wedding gown.
Goodwill Industries invites brides-to-be to their annual Wedding Gala on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18.
This year’s sale will feature more than 200 new wedding gowns donated from local boutiques. Prices begin at $50 for gowns, some of which originally retailed at more than $3,500.
Doors will open at 6 a.m. on Friday, May 17 at the Oldsmar location, 3929 Tampa Rd., and again on Saturday, May 18 at 6 a.m. at the Wesley Chapel store, located at S.R. 56 east of I-75.
Because this is likely to be the last Goodwill-Suncoast wedding gala, so gowns will be even more deeply discounted than usual.
Shoppers usually arrive very early to get a place in line and numbers will be distributed as they arrive. Brides are admitted to the dressing area in that order.
Many of the gowns are from labels such as Casablanca, Dere Kiang and Private Collection. Gowns were donated by CC’s Boutique in St. Petersburg; Athena’s Bridal Boutique in Clearwater; Diana’s Bridal in Tampa; and Olga’s Bridal & Boutique in Tampa.
Shoppers can also find new bridesmaid dresses, new bridal shoes and wedding accessories.