Line up, brides. It's the final act for the Goodwill Wedding Gala.
It's a bittersweet day for brides in Tampa Bay.
Goodwill's Wedding Gala, the bridal dress blowout bringing bargain gowns to locals for the past seven years, will come to an end after two final sales this weekend. Brides have always flocked to this sale, lining up in the wee hours of the morning to get their hands on new designer gowns worth thousands for prices starting at $50. The gala, Goodwill officials told Times business reporter Susan Thurston, has run its course. It was too labor-intensive to host the events and seek donations every year, organizers said. Read the full story here. About 400 dress donations this year come from CC’s Boutique, Athena's Bridal Boutique, Diana's Bridal, Olga's Bridal & Boutique and Priscilla of Boston.
If you want to get in line for the last dress sale probably ever, here's what you need to know:
Goodwill Industries-Suncoast Wedding Galas runs from 6 to 11 a.m. Friday at the Goodwill Superstore at 3929 Tampa Road in Oldsmar and from 6 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Goodwill Superstore at 2390 Willow Oak Drive in Wesley Chapel. Brides tend to line up very early, so you might want to bring a chair. Wear something you can get in and out of easily, and bring your wedding shoes with you. Or, if you want to buy them there, new bridal shoes start at $6.99. There's also a limited selection of bridesmaid and mother of the bride dresses, plus accessories. For more information, go to goodwill-suncoast.org.
Happy hunting, brides!