One mother’s struggle to find a great prom dress for her daughter has led to a one-time-only shopping opportunity for others.

prom dressAs a single mother of four, Jody Ramirez is no stranger to searching for the perfect prom attire.

“I know how expensive and time-consuming dress shopping for these types of events can be,” she said.

When shopping for her oldest daughter, the dress they ultimately chose was purchased for more than $350.

“Anything in her size that was in a price range I was hopeful for was just not right for her,” Ramirez said. “Most of the dresses I was not happy with, either.”

In an effort to provide her family with more options, Ramirez participated in an online auction in the hope of providing a selection of appropriate dresses.

“Having already done this with (my first daughter) two years in a row, I thought luck was with me when I came across these with my second daughter and niece coming into that age and year, (when) there are the Homecoming and prom,” she said.

“I was trying to get a selection for my daughters to choose from and went overboard. I got great deals and before I knew it, (I) had a store’s worth of dresses.”

More than 230 dresses are left after Ramirez’s family members chose their gowns.

Now she wants to help others with the expense of buying gowns by selling off the surplus that remains, at a discount.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan, 28, the dresses will be on sale at the Northwest Community Center, located at 615 W. Birch Ave.

“There are a large variety of styles,” Ramirez said. “There are not any of the two-piece (dresses) that show the midriff, which I know are fairly popular right now.”

She said the excess dresses will be discounted up to 75 percent off normal prices.prom dress

“So an $800 dress is $200, or a $400 dress is $150,” Ramirez said.

“It is a fair savings on good-quality dresses.”

Dresses of almost every size will be available during the event, but larger sizes are more limited.

“I also have a few pageant dresses for kids from size 4 (to) 12,” Ramirez added.

The girls will be able to try dresses on at the event because partitions will be set up.

And if there is one dress in particular that is just outside of a family’s price point, there still might be an opportunity to purchase it.

“For the most part, I am willing to negotiate on most of these dresses,” Ramirez said.