Fun, affordable formal wear sale Saturday

SALEM, VA – Affordable formal wear will be on sale tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 2, at Salem High School, and the sale is open to anybody in the Roanoke Valley.

Short and long dresses, shoes and handbags will be offered in the school’s cafeteria. The items are put up for sale by other young people who set their own price or donate the items for sale. The sale will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the high school’s cafeteria.

Salem High School educators, from left, Anika Armistead, Stefanie Fowler, Danyel Brugh, Paige Marable, Beth Moody, Dawn Hartless and Rhonda Pendleton have some fun in their own formal outfits to call attention to Saturday's Affordable Formal Wear Sale at the school. Photo by Meg Hibbert

After school, a half dozen teachers modeled their own formal wear, and some had worn their outfits to class that day to drum up support for the sale.

“My outfit cost $12 at a consignment shop,” said teacher Stephanie Fowler. Anika Armistead added that her full-length, slinky black dress was $25. “We want students to be encouraged that they don’t have to spend a lot to look good for the prom,” Armistead added.

Beth Moody, who teaches math, wore her black cocktail dress, elbow-length black velvet gloves, glittering rings, bracelets “and everything in my jewelry box, pretty much” as she taught classes all day Friday.

Proceeds from the sale will go to the school’s After Prom event, sponsored by the PTSA.

The sale will accept cash, debit or credit card, but no checks, PTSA President Laura Hart said.