Charitable pop-up store gets its own ‘Prom Extravaganza’

By MIKE CHAIKEN
EDITIONS EDITOR
Bristol’s Alyscia Talbot is a convert to the joys of Kristen’s Kloset.
On March 30, with the help of the Wolcott Grange, the Bristol Central High School junior gave Kristen’s Kloset a financial boost with a fund raising “Prom Extravaganza.”
Kristen’s Kloset is pop-up store organized each year by Southington Youth Services, in which gently used prom gowns are sold at reasonable prices for young women who want to go to the prom but can’t afford to spend hundreds of dollars for a new dress.
Alyscia knows about the store because she was one of those girls.
“I got my first prom dress from Kristen’s Kloset,” said Alyscia.
What did she like about the store, which this year is hosted in the Southington Town Hall Annex in Southington at 93 Main St.
“These dresses are gorgeous,” said Alyscia in an interview inside the pop-up store, surrounded by all of the donated gowns. “They’ve only been used once or twice and they’re only $25 or even free. They come in all these beautiful colors. And there are also short dresses. It’s perfect.”
Additionally, Alyscia explained, Kristen’s Kloset has “a great story.”
According to Kristen’s Kloset webpage on the town of Southington’s website, “The program is named after Kristen Warner, a Southington middle school student, who was tragically killed in a car accident in 2004. Her family initiated this program in her honor and Southington Youth Services has expanded it over the years.” This is the program’s sixth year.
“Just the whole idea behind it, that everyone works together to put all these dresses out for sale. And all of them are donated. It’s amazing to me,” said Alyscia.
The idea for the fund raiser came to her when she was in the car with her mother, Susan. The pair were talking, and Alyscia had a bit of an epiphany. She wanted to do a fund raiser and donate a portion of the funds to Kristen’s Kloset. And, in so doing, she would help encourage girls across the state to come check out the store.
At the Prom Extravaganza, there were vendors, lessons about how to do your hair, make-up, nails, and how to tan, and, of course, dresses for sale from Kristen’s Kloset. One of the treats for the evening was a fashion show featuring some of the dresses available at Kristen’s Kloset. Local girls served as models for the garments.
For more information, email Alyscia at Alyrox4life@aol.com.

Jordyn Gauvin models one of the gowns she found on the racks at Kristen’s Kloset on Main Street, Southington.

Jordyn Gauvin models one of the gowns she found on the racks at Kristen’s Kloset on Main Street, Southington.

Giovanna Bruno found a dress she liked at Kristen’s Kloset, which she will wear in Saturday’s ‘Prom Extravaganza’ fashion show.

Giovanna Bruno found a dress she liked at Kristen’s Kloset, which she will wear in Saturday’s ‘Prom Extravaganza’ fashion show.

Alyscia Talbot of Bristol has organized a fund raiser for Kristen’s Kloset in Southington, which sells gently used prom gowns for girls who otherwise might not be able to afford them.

Alyscia Talbot of Bristol has organized a fund raiser for Kristen’s Kloset in Southington, which sells gently used prom gowns for girls who otherwise might not be able to afford them.

Grace Gagnon shows off a dress she will wear Saturday at the Wolcott Grange during the ‘Prom Extraganza.’

Grace Gagnon shows off a dress she will wear Saturday at the Wolcott Grange during the ‘Prom Extraganza.’

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