Remember her first recital as she twirled out in a sparkly tutu and leotard with wings as a fairy. Then there is the dress she wore as Clara in the Nutcracker. Suddenly you realize that your daughter’s dance life is encapsulated in the closet at the end of the hall, and there is just no more room in the closet. Perhaps it is time to let some of these old costumes go. We can help you put gently used recital costumes to new use, they will be refreshed for another child.
The Dance Store in Murfreesboro will be collecting old recital costumes now and selling them in October, just in time for talent shows, auditions, plays, and then they can be used as the base for a Halloween costume for dancers and non-dancers. Net proceeds will be benefitting the Dance for Hope Scholarship Fund.
Here is your chance to clean out your overstuffed closet and bring your overabundance of costumes to the store between June 26th and July 31st. Each person making a donation will receive a special discount coupon to be used in October, and a donation receipt.
“This sale will give other kids who may not be able to afford fancy costumes an opportunity to dress up in something beautiful,” said June Bilbo, co-owner of The Dance Store. “ Being a dance mom myself, I know about having a closet full of my daughters’ costumes. They are all grown up now, but I still have their first outfits. Yet, I also found out that I couldn’t keep them all. I had to let them go. We offer an opportunity to give to a good cause, and to feed the imaginations of the next generation of dancers of all ages.”
As recital season draws to a close, what better time to empty out your closet of your old ballet, contemporary, lyrical, tap, jazz, and hip hop costumes and donate them to a good cause? The Dance Store is accepting costumes of all sizes.
In October, their inaugural costume sale will be an opportunity for dancers and non-dancers to find a beautiful outfit. An old lyrical dance costume can be used for an audition or make a wonderful bride costume. Your former tap costume might find its way into a play. With a small alteration, one from Les Sylphides can become a fairy queen. Or your child’s first dance costume might inspire a new young dancer just starting lessons.
“We hope that our costume trade-in and sale will become an annual tradition,” said June Bilbo, co-owner of The Dance Store. “This is a great opportunity to get rid of old costumes and get a coupon towards a purchase in October, just as dance class season is getting going.”