It’s All About The Dress: Shopping Prom at Goodwill

It is all about the dress.

Prom, weddings, other formal occasions – the dress is the centerpiece of the event. It must be beautiful, flattering, and special. It also really helps if it’s within your budget.

Shopping for formalwear, whether for prom, a wedding or a glitzy party, can be difficult at Goodwill and other non-specialized second-hand stores. Unless you get really lucky and find something perfect on the first try, it requires patience and probably several trips.

This year, Tacoma Goodwill decided to make it a lot easier. A store full of over a thousand formal dresses, tuxedos, shoes and accessories will be open for one day this month – April 16 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The store is located right next door to the North Tacoma Goodwill store on 6th Ave. Details are available here.

You might be surprised at what you find. Many dresses featured in the sale are unworn with tags still attached. There are adorable vintage dresses, slinky evening gowns, classics in satin and styles with a bit of an edge. You’re bound to fall in love with something, and you will pay much less than what you would at the mall or a specialty dress shop.

Below are just a few of the many dresses available for purchase on the 16th.

This black satin gown is new with tags from David's Bridal. The beading and sequin detail in pink wraps around to the back of the dress.

Fab flapper-style dress, medium purple with beading detail and black fringe.

A shorter style, this vintage red satin and black lace dress is a fantastic look, and you can be sure that no one else at your event will be wearing the same thing.


This gorgeous beaded silk gown is reminiscent of the night sky, blue fading to black with sparkling beads that look like stars.