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First Christian Church Prom Dress Resale continues to grow

witnessed the magic.

“I just love it. It's such an exciting time. It's so fun.”

Vance volunteered with the First Christian Church Prom Dress Resale since it began, watching the growing success each year. After outgrowing the church basement in the first three years, 2016's event filled the Zion Lutheran School basement in Palmyra.

Nancy Goellner, fundraising chairman at First Christian Church in Palmyra, checks dresses in for the sixth annual Prom Dress Resale on Thursday, Jan. 28.
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Nancy Goellner, First Christian Church fundraising chairman, got the idea for the Prom Dress Resale during a trip to a similar event in Monroe City with her oldest daughter. After pitching the concept to fellow members of the church, the event began with 100 dresses. The sale soared to include more than 270 dresses in 2015.

“Just judging by tonight, I think we're going to exceed that,” Goellner said.

Now in its sixth year, volunteers accepted dresses for the resale, talking with each participant about whether the dress was a donation or would carry a price tag with a firm or negotiable price. Dresses will be accepted from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29. The sale will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Zion Lutheran School. Goellner said participants would receive money on Saturday if the dress sells, or they can take the dress back if it remained on the rack.

The dresses spanned a seemingly endless array of sizes, designs and materials.

Shimmering sequins.

A multi-hued rainbow of satin, chiffon and knits.

By 7 p.m. on Wednesday, dresses lined the racks for proms, winter formals, the Jack of Hearts dance and pageants.

The prices ranged from free to about $200. Many of the dresses were worn once, and they often carried a price tag with half the original cost or less, Goellner said. Some people donated dresses, which Goellner said would be free or very affordable.

“You want to help the girl find the right dress, the perfect dress,” Goellner said. “We've had a lot of smiles over the years.”

Tina Seago carried 15 dresses in for the resale, nine of which were prom dresses from her two daughters. Seago said her daughters bought dresses at the event in past years, and she noticed people come from all over the area for a “great community service.”

“The nice thing is the price,” Seago said. “They're going to be priced affordably.”

Carrie McKinney started volunteering a couple years ago, cherishing the interactions with fellow volunteers from the church and all the people who come in. And everyone brings in endless beauty through their donations and sales.

“My favorite memories are when the dresses come in,” she said. “They're beautiful. It just makes you want to try them on yourself.”

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