Homecoming is quickly approaching for both college aged and high schoolers alike. And parents, it’s no secret that big retailers aren’t your best friends when it comes to keeping dollars in your pocket around this memorable occasion. If you’re reading this post, chances are, you’re already a thrifter, and that’s a great thing when it comes to shopping for formal occasions. Not only do thrift stores have a plethora of everyday wear, many thrift stores have a decent selection of formal and evening wear. Brands like David’s Bridal are no strangers to thrift store racks. And they’re fresh for the picking. For more information on picking up formal gowns from the thrift store, check out this article.
The only problem is the ever-present issue with thrift store merchandise: how to cheaply clean this wonderful find? For 100% polyester gowns, the answer is simple. Plop that beauty into your washing machine on the delicates/handwash cycle and wash, wash away. This process is made easier if your wash doesn’t have an agitator. Once it’s finished gently churning in the belly of your washer, take it out and air dry to perfection.
Please, use the method for 100% polyester gowns ONLY! This method is not recommended for any other type of material, especially silk. It’s also not recommended if you’ve got a vintage piece. Stick to the dry cleaners. And of course, wash the gowns in the washer at your own risk! This author is as cheap as they come and has tried it to be true, but it may not work in all situations and scenarios. Be vigilant and intelligent!
So, thrifters, it is possible to be thrifty when it comes to your/your child’s homecoming dress. So thrifters, keep thrifting! And those who haven’t converted to the ways of thrifties, keep shopping at normal stores so us thrifters will still be able to buy your leftovers.
What tips to save money do you have for homecoming and formal occasions? Share, please!