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New in Tampa Bay shopping: Belle of the Ball finds homecoming dresses for those in need

Plus, this weekend offers the chance to sip and shop at Misred Outfitters and peruse the Safety Harbor Public Library’s book sale.
Belle of the Ball, which will take place on Saturday in Clearwater, makes sure no girl has to miss the dance because she can't afford a dress. [Courtesy of Belle of the Ball]
Published Sep. 4


It’s nearly time for high school homecoming festivities to begin. The dance is the most fun, but it can be pricey to get all dressed up for the affair. Enter Belle of the Ball, an organization that provides dresses to low-income high school students. Organizers ask for a nominal donation of $1 to $5, but will also give the dresses to girls in need for free. There’s no application process or referral letter needed, and appointments aren’t necessary. Donations of dresses are also accepted during distribution times and year round. Free. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. 1210 Holt Ave., Clearwater. (877) 772-3553.


The best part about shopping at local boutiques is that they carry apparel suitable for Florida’s “seasons” rather than New York’s. St. Petersburg’s Misred Outfitters is great about providing fall colors in breezy styles for our 90-degree heat. And it’s affordable; nothing in the store is more than $60. So go get a wardrobe update at Sip and Shop on Thursday, hosted by Sydney Styled, who will help you get your look together. For every $60 you spend, you’ll get $5 back in Misred cash. And there will be bubbly, cheeses and a raffle. Free. 6:15-8:15 p.m. 615 Central Ave.


Why pay full price when you can score at the Safety Harbor Public Library’s book sale? Stock up on a year’s worth of reading, or consider buying books for holiday gifts. In addition to books, expect CDs and DVDs for sale. Most items are priced at $1. Plus, it’s fun to hang out at the library. Free. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 101 Second St. N. (727) 724-1525.


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