St Mary's Debutante Ball organising committee member Anne Elmer would like to hear from anyone wanting to sell their debutante dress to this year's debutantes at a dress sale on May 5.
St Mary's Debutante Ball organising committee member Anne Elmer would like to hear from anyone wanting to sell their debutante dress to this year's debutantes at a dress sale on May 5. Boni Holmes

Keeping it local and risk free for debutantes

HAVE you got a debutante ball gown sitting in the back of your wardrobe gathering dust?

St Mary's Debutante Ball organising committee member Anne Elmer has come up with an initiative to help on-sell deb dresses and keep the money in town.

"I have heard so many people who have deb dresses that are sitting at home in cupboards that really don't get any use," Anne said.

"They are such beautiful things - everyone thinks they are gorgeous and they feel disappointed that they don't get to use them again."

The committee will hold a dress sale on Saturday to help this year's debutante find her perfect gown.

Anne said she knew from looking at the girls' deb dresses that they went to extremes to buy them.

"Debutantes get online and then find they don't like them or they go down to the Sunshine Coast or Brisbane," she said.

"I think it is better if we keep our money in town.

"Former debutantes can on-sell their dresses and they can recoup something and the girls who buy these dresses then maybe next year they can sell them to someone else.

"That way we are not taking everything out of town."

The committee member said she got the idea from a friend.

"I mentioned it to a few of my friends whose daughters had made debs and they said they would love to sell the dresses," Anne said.

"Also it is a beautiful white classic dress - they don't go out of fashion.

"I have a lady whose daughter is 30 and given me the dress to sell and it is magnificent.

"For anyone who is creative - if they don't like the basic style then they could add their own touch to it and alter it.

"It is still infinitely cheaper than going out and buying a brand new one or much less risky than going overseas.

"This is an option for them."

The dress sale will be held on Saturday, May 5 from 8-11am in the Parish Hall, Bazaar St, Maryborough.

For more information phone Anne Elmer 0488 099 966.

The St Mary's Debutante Ball will be held on August 24.