The cost of prom dresses at this shop? Zero! They're free for local students

The Prom Shop offers teens the gown of their dreams for free. (Photo: Getty Images)

When you add together the manicure and pedicure, makeup, hair, shoes, and the dress for the prom, teenage girls and their parents can easily spend hundreds of dollars getting ready for the big night.  There is at least one teacher who understands that girls and their parents might need to save some money on prom looks. Miranda Schick opened a store where girls can shop for their dream dress. But the price tag? Zero, zilch, nada.

The Prom Shop at Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax, Va., offers hundreds of lightly used dresses in almost every size for high schoolers in the area, free of cost. The dresses have been donated by community members and are in great condition. The shop is open every year for the three weekends leading up to the prom.

For the past 12 years, Schick and a team of volunteers have helped thousands of teens find the perfect gown without breaking the bank. The project started in the business and marketing class Shick teaches at Centreville High School, NBC Washington reports.

“Community service can be fun and rewarding,” Schnick said. “The girls have a blast going through all the dresses and setting up the shop. It was a good way to tie in community service and what we’re learning in the class to create a fun experience.”

Before they can shop, students must check in with a student ID or school document with their name and a photo ID. Other than the dresses being free, the shop runs the same way as a regular store. There are dressing rooms, mirrors and multiple styles of gowns and accessories to choose from.


“There’s no intimidation that should happen, because you won’t know anyone there at the time and nobody will know that you came,” Centreville High School junior Joanna Manoleras said, “You should just go and enjoy yourself and have fun.”

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