Vera Wang gown finds bigger purpose at Brides Project resale shop in Ann Arbor
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The Brides Project, a volunteer-run shop now located at the Courtyard Shops at 1689 Plymouth Road, opened in 2011 in downtown Ann Arbor. Relying on donated wedding dresses, proceeds from sales go to help cancer patients and their caregivers.
Since it opened, the shop has sold 309 gowns and raised $107,000 for the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor -- the organization that operates the Brides Project, the Detroit Free Press reported.
Among the 1,005 dresses that have been donated is a Vera Wang gown, first purchased by a Chicago woman for $13,000. After finding the Brides Project, the woman donated the gown to the shop, the Free Press reported.
Since then, one bride has walked down the aisle in the Vera Wang gown and felt compelled to return it to the Brides Project afterwards. A Romulus bride has now bought the dress to wear in her wedding next year, and also plans to return the dress to the shop, the Free Press reported.