Free Ever After, a bridal resale boutique that donates profits to organizations that help victims of sex trafficking, will be open for business Tuesday.
Since August, the boutique’s founder, Cynthia Magallanes, has been soliciting dress and monetary donations, and she launched an online store in January. Proceeds from dresses sold have been donated to Sold No More, a Tucson nonprofit that arranges housing and medical services for sex- trafficking victims.
After Free Ever After was unable to raise enough funds to open a brick-and-mortar store, Sold No More decided to invest in it and guarantee its rent for the first year.
“But, we had to change from 100 percent of the proceeds to 100 percent of the profits that we make after paying our monthly rent and utilities will be for victim services and prevention programs,” Magallanes said. If the boutique doesn’t make enough money to cover rent, Sold No More will pay the difference.
The store will be run by Magallanes and volunteers working as sales associates and bridal consultants.
The bridal boutique’s inventory has been steadily growing through community donations. It now has 58 wedding dresses and more than 200 formal dresses in stock.
Free Ever After is seeking dress donations, financial sponsors and business sponsors, such as dry cleaners, tailors and printers. It is also looking for professional bridal consultants to volunteer their time to train the store’s volunteers. Those interested in helping can call 325-9579.