You support your sister or your best friend as being a witness to the wonderful event of their marriage into a life as a family unit and now you are stuck with a puffy lime green one shouldered dress that you will never wear again. Sound familiar? Instead of that dress sitting unworn in your closet for years, you now have a green option to get that dress reused. Donate your dress to any one of a variety of organizations and benefit.
You can donate your dress and even your time to help outfit young ladies in Chicago with prom dresses through the Glass Slipper Project. What a great way for someone else to benefit from the purchase of your formal gown. http://www.glassslipperproject.org
The Bridesmaid Party – Working women in Afghanistan or Kenya will use the material and turn that dress into a treasure for someone else. And you will get a credit of $25 toward a $40 purchase from its online store. Not a bad deal! http://thebridesmaidparty.com/donate/#
Or if you are good with the sewing machine, make another beautiful piece of clothing for yourself or a loved one. Check out this article from the ultimate crafter herself, Martha Stewart, for ideas: http://www.marthastewart.com/article/bridesmaid-revisited