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Goodwill budget bridal gown gala coming

Brides on a budget are advised: The lines start forming at midnight, folding chairs are encouraged and wearing a leotard is recommended so bargain hunters don't have to wait for a dressing room to speed their quest.

Goodwill Industries Suncoast has expanded its annual deep discount wedding gown gala that's slated for 6 a.m. June 26 at Central Plaza store in St. Petersburg and 6 a.m. June 27 at a new Goodwill Superstore at 3929 Tampa Rd. in Oldsmar. The thrift store lined up 400 gowns to split between the two stores. That's 100 more than last year.

Dresses, size six through 28, are priced at $60 to $375, down from as much $2,000 they fetched at full retail. Big designer names include Demetrios, Cosmobella, Alfred Angelo and Justin Alexander.

"We've see (the unruly mobs of women fighting over gowns) at Filene's Basement annual sale in Boston on the news, so we only let in 20 at a time," said Michael Harvey, Goodwill vice president of marketing. "If you cannot find the right gown on Day 1, there will be 200 different ones the next day in Oldsmar."

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