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Don’t let a down economy spoil your daughter’s prom dreams. The Main Line has special stores for the budget-conscious dress shopper.

It’s all the talk among teenage girls: Prom is approaching! It’s very exciting, but it can be stressful for some parents, depending on family budgets and if anyone is facing unemployment. Luckily, there are lots of ways to save, without losing style. I don’t know if it’s the state of the economy or current trends, but it’s now cooler than ever for teens to shop consignment—and the Main Line has amazing consignment stores.

Revivals Consignment BoutiqueRevivals Boutique in Narberth has high-end prom dresses in sizes 0-14 that range from $100 to $300. Pennywise Thrift Shop, located at 57 E. Lancaster Ave. in Ardmore, also has beautiful dresses, priced $6-$15.

On the flip side, if your daughter has prom dresses that you know she’ll never wear again, visit You’ll find a list of local programs that are taking donations so teenage girls can experience their magical, memorable night.

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I also love what some shops are doing for “After Prom.” Media’s Sorella Boutique has a contest where they’ll donate $500 to the After Prom committee of the school that buys the most prom dresses. And Kennett Square’s Growing Tree Consignment Store has a program where you can donate some of your consignment earnings to the After Prom at the school of your choice. Visit

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