Wedding dresses for as little as $49.99!

Yes, the annual Goodwill Wedding Gown Weekend sale is this Saturday and Sunday (March 19-20), with all 28 area Goodwill stores offering at least 20 gowns with prices ranging from $49.99 to $299.99.

“Some reports say the average cost for a wedding dress is now more than $1,600. This sale offers a chance to save more than 80% of that amount and still walk away with a stylish, gorgeous gown,” said Leisa Wamsley, Goodwill’s vice president of donated goods.

“That’s a lot of money you can spend on something else —like a honeymoon!” she said.

Sale merchandise includes gently used gowns donated by individuals as well as some new-with-tags dresses, donated by local bridal shops.

Wamsley noted brides typically wear their dress for just one day, so purchasing a wedding gown from Goodwill — extending the useful life of a beautiful garment — is not only a big savings but an eco-friendly alternative to spending a lot of money on a retail priced dress.

Jennifer Martin, who has been organizing the sales for Goodwill, said another plus for shoppers is that no sales tax is added to the price of the dresses.

She said the sale inventory also includes some prom dresses and that shoppers should find a good selection of men’s suits in the stores’ regular inventory. Also, most stores will have wedding-appropriate shoes, and some will have veils.

Selection will vary by location, but a wide range of sizes, styles — including contemporary and vintage — brand names and dress lengths will be available. All gowns will be out on the store floor when doors open at 9 a.m. March 19 and will remain there until sold.

This is the second year Goodwill has conducted its annual wedding gown sale at all stores — instead of just having one mega sale location — “to better align with its health precautions against COVID-19,” Wamsley said.

“I’ve seen a good collection of the dresses, and there are all genres, back from the ‘70s to just released inventory,” Martin said. She said Goodwill has been stockpiling wedding gowns all year in anticipation of this weekend sale.

She said some of the gowns have head-to-toe tulle, some are fancy and beaded, and some are basic and simple. But no dress will be priced more than $299.99.

Organizers say many shoppers will go from store to store on the sale days to see a larger selection of dresses. They warn that dressing rooms are limited and suggest wearing outfits that allow brides to try dresses on over them.

Mary Hance, who has four decades of journalism experience in the Nashville area, writes a weekly Ms. Cheap column. She also appears on Thursdays on “Talk of the Town” on NewsChannel 5. Reach her at mscheap@mainstreetmediatn.com and follow her on Facebook at Facebook.com/mscheap.

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