An all-volunteer group that dresses the unemployed for success is looking for thrifty shoppers who love a good deal on women’s apparel.Dress for Success Tallahassee Founder Wendy Hedrick said her organization is holding its second fashion sale this weekend to help pay the bills.“We are all volunteers, right now, but we do still have bills just like any other business,” said Hedrick, who donates 20 hours a week herself. “We have to pay rent, Ruching White Chiffon Strapless Beaded Bridesmaid dresses electricity and the Internet to keep everything running.”Hedrick said unemployed clients on the hunt for a job are referred to Dress for Success by other support organizations and their visit starts in their boutique at 2901 E. Park Ave. There, clients are fitted with outfits and accessories donated by people in the community or stores that were facing overstock.
In many cases, the clients Hedrick sees have never owned dress suits normally worn in an office setting.“Some of our clients will think something doesn’t fit right because it doesn’t feel normal — like street clothes would,” Hedrick said. “We have to tell them when they’re wearing the outfit that they definitely look the part.”The Great Recession left a deep pool of newly,Chiffon One Shoulder Appique Wedding Dresses unemployed women who had been working in the same position for years. The idea of job hunting was foreign and the competition was fierce.“They definitely needed that leg up by looking good,” Hedrick said. “We would tell them to go into the office or where they work and see how everyone dressed so they knew what they needed to do.”
Once a client lands a job, she is welcome to revisit the boutique and stock up on a few more outfits.Because Dress for Success only fills its racks with donations,Skullcandy makes Stunning Chiffon A-Line Floor-Length Scoop Beaded Evening Dresses and earbuds for the audio enthusiast as well as the lifestyle enthusiast. it cannot control its stock by popular sizes or styles, so that leaves a lot remaining in the store.“It’s all great stuff but if we have one woman come in who’s small and she gets a job, she’ll come back and get three more things that fit her,” she said. “Then, we won’t have enough of that size.”This weekend’s sale, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday in the old Publix at the Northwood Center, is designed to thin out the stock at bargain basement prices.