Cinderella's Closet attracts few dress buyers

The Ball State University Fashion Merchandising Association hosted a dress drive called Cinderella's Closet Saturday afternoon.

The event took place at the Alumni Center from noon to 5 p.m., and allowed members of the Muncie community and Ball State students to shop for or donate items for formal dances and events.

Donated purses, shoes, dresses and jewelry were all available for purchase at the event. The prices of the items ranged from $1 to $30.

At the drive, items were arranged just as a clothing store or boutique would be: dresses in one area, shoes in another and jewelry in its own section. Music played throughout the day as few people came in to donate or buy items.

Samantha Christmon, junior special education severe intervention major and president of FMA, said there were about 5 people who came in to shop for items for upcoming dances, and although the turnout wasn't successful, the event itself turned out well.

"Today it was not as successful as we planned," Christmon said. "We did make money though. We got one girl who came in and spent over $100 and she got a lot of dresses."

Although the turnout was not as the organization planned this time around, people who stopped by had the opportunity to win prizes to add to their prom night. If they bought a cupcake for $1, they were entered into a raffle for a chance to win gift cards from Texas
Roadhouse and Noodles And Company, as well as gift baskets with hair care and body products. There were also opportunities for shoppers to win deals from local nail and hair salons such as Hot Heads, Super Nails and Phil Nails.

The drive made a little over $200, Christmon said.

Among some of the few people who donated, Ball State's own Miss Ball State Lauren Petersen stopped by the drive to donate items and also stayed around to help with the event.

Christmon said most of the people who came in bought dresses. Senior Allison Daly, apparel design and fashion merchandising major, stopped by the drive to show support of the organization.

"I think it's a really good selection for high school juniors and seniors who are going for prom and I can also see it being a really good place for Greek girls to get dresses for [formals]," Daly said.

Daly was able to purchase a green vintage dress for $5. She said she purchased the dress because she liked the length and style of it and hopes to wear it back home in Austin, Tex.

Daly also plans to attend the upcoming dress drive March 20.

"I think this is a really good opportunity for shopping and networking and just talking to people."

For the next drive on March 20, Christmon said that with more promotion she hopes to have more high school girls attend the drive because the ones who did attend seemed happy with their purchases.


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