Central Ohio teens say 'yes to the prom dress' at Fairy Goodmothers' pop-up shop


    The Fairy Goodmothers, a Central Ohio organization, holds a pop-up shop allowing teens to shop for prom dresses, accessories, and shoes for free (WSYX/WTTE)

    Prom season is right around the corner. That means big spending for local high school juniors and seniors. However, what if you don't have all that money to spend? A Columbus organization, Fairy Goodmother's, is helping area teens find a cheaper way to dress their best.

    For Cailyn Kennedy, a junior at Mount Vernon High School, finding a dress that fits and within a budget for prom isn’t an easy task. "I am six feet tall. It's really hard to find dresses that fit, especially the longer ones. So just finding something in my style, is just awesome,” said Kennedy.

    Saturday, Kennedy came out to the Fairy Goodmother’s pop up shop. Fairy Goodmother’s is a Columbus-based non-profit collecting used, donated or custom-made prom dresses in all sizes, that can be shopped for and worn absolutely free by hundreds or thousands of girls in Central Ohio.

    There Kennedy found the perfect, pink dress along with the perfect accessories, costing her nothing. Her mother, Jennifer Kennedy, said the event is a true blessing, especially since Cailyn is one of eight. "She's my oldest so this literally is a blessing. So there is no way I would be able to afford anything like that,” said Jennifer Kennedy.

    Volunteers also act as personal shoppers and rotate in shifts to “shop” with each young woman and pick out the right fit and look for her.

    The Fairy Goodmothers, a Central Ohio organization, holds a pop-up shop allowing teens to shop for prom dresses, accessories, and shoes for free (WSYX/WTTE)

    Fairy Goodmothers will be open Sunday for appointments or walk-in business at 387 East Beck Street in German Village.

    The “shop” will be open one more time on the weekend of March 30th and 31st, as well. Any high school girl is welcome to take advantage of Fairy Goodmothers and potentially save thousands of dollars on prom essentials this year.

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