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Appalachia Through My Eyes – The Princess Closet

Appalachia is full of helping hands. A perfect example-The Business Women of Cherokee County saw a need and filled it. Anyone who has bought a prom dress knows how expensive they can be (even worse if you need 2). The Business Women realized purchasing prom dresses can be stressful on the family budget. They found an answer to the problem by setting up The Princess Closet-a place where girls can come and ‘borrow’ a dress. The girls leave a deposit which they get back upon return of the dress and pay for dry cleaning-much cheaper than purchasing a prom dress (or 2). As if that wasn’t enough-the Business Women go the extra mile-the girls get to pick out their dress by appointment-and a very nice lady helps them-the whole process really does make you feel like a Princess-or in my case like Two Princesses.


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.



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    Jeanna M
    March 10, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    I was visiting relatives in Iowa this summer and found a dress for $5 at a Goodwill and thought it looked liked my niece–my dd is homeschooled so she did not need one—I bought it and she loved it. I was tickled because my sister is a single parent and it saved her the money. But back to the princess closet–I think that is something that is so great, we all need to think of others.

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    March 4, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Neat idea!

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    March 3, 2011 at 10:35 am

    That’s a great idea!!!
    And the two Indian princesses definitely need a princess dress!!

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    March 2, 2011 at 4:06 am

    We need a store like that here in our county…
    I mean heck you wear a dress like that mostly only one time to a prom..etc..and rental is a much better way to go..Take lots of pictures…That saves the money for that really special purchase keeper dress moment in later life…There are lots of folks rent dresses and gowns, suits and tuxes around Knoxville…

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    Vicki Lane
    March 1, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Such a great idea!

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    Debby Brown
    March 1, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    It takes large hearts that are full of love for others, and who have walked the same walk, to know how important a prom dress can be to a teenage girl! I have never heard of such a kind and unselfish act! I think its ridiculous the way that just going to a prom has become such an expensive affair! Its just so not fair! Thanks to that business and those who run it!

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    Brenda Kay Ledford
    March 1, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    This sure is a wonderful thing to do for the girls wearing prom dresses. It’s expensive to buy them. I didn’t know about this business. Where is it located in our area? Thanks for the information.
    I sure hope Pap is feeling better.

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    March 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    What a wonderful thing!

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    March 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    what a wonderful service! i so love to hear of people looking out for the common good ~ after all, isn’t that what Life is all about? :-}

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    March 1, 2011 at 11:53 am

    I never knew there were such places. What a neat idea! Your girls sure looked classy and
    gorgeous for their prom…Ken

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    March 1, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Thats such a wonderful thing to do. In the town next to us they have a similar shop. It’s a blessing because some girls would never get to go to a prom because of financial needs.

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    March 1, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Wow – that is awesome.

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    March 1, 2011 at 10:14 am

    What a beautiful idea, I wish we had one of these in my area!
    Chitter and Chatter look like princesses in their everday togs, I hope you will treat us to a picture of them when they’re all glammed up!

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    March 1, 2011 at 9:10 am

    That’s very cool! Another great resource for dresses (formal or otherwise) is the Dillard’s store in Asheville at Biltmore Square Mall. They function as a clearance store for the entire south east. There is a great selection & bargains galore! They have funny hours, so a call ahead is a good idea. I’ve gotten some of my cutest things there for under $10.

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    March 1, 2011 at 8:42 am

    what a wonderful wonderful idea. will we see your two princess in their prom dresses? can’t wait

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    March 1, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Wow I sure wish someone would open one of those here : )

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    Miss Cindy
    March 1, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Yes, angels helping princesses….2 princesses!

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