Rock the prom, help the planet and your wallet? It’s possible!

How one store in Downtown Rapid City is recycling outfits for high school's biggest night.

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Prom is without a doubt one of the biggest and most exciting events in high school.

Hippie Havens Store FrontFor parents, not so much. Buying the perfect outfit can rack up quite a bill. The gown, accessories, makeup and everything else can cost upwards of hundreds of dollars!

Hippie Haven in downtown Rapid City is looking to help out with the cost. Since mid-February, they have been collecting donated outfits such as dresses, suits and other accessories for their Prom Dress Drive. Students are able to try some on and if they like, take home the outfit and/or shoes for the big night.

The best part of the program? All of the prom outfits and accessories are completely free.

Public donations, however, are not their only source for matching students with the prom gear. Together with Rapid City High School, they are able to increase their available stock.

“They have a large amount of dresses that they keep in a storage area at their school, and previously they were only able to offer that for a day out of the whole year for people to come try on dresses” Hippie Haven Manager Gillian Spiva said. “And so thankfully now that we have partnered with them until April, people can come try on dresses here.”

Of course, supplies will need to be replenished at some point. For this reason, the store is continuing to accept donations of dresses, suits and other accessories for the dress drive.

“We are open from Monday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and anyone is welcome to bring a dress in,” Spiva said. “We started collecting dresses about two weeks ago, but we’re taking dresses all the way through April still. We’ll need to be restocked as people take stuff, we’ll want more dresses to come in as well.”

Donations can be brought to Hippie Haven during operating hours or to Rapid City High School.

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