Ticket Distribution and Entering the Sale

Why are tickets distributed the morning of the sale starting at 7:00 a.m.?

Free admission tickets are distributed prior to the sale for crowd management and security purposes. Our sale is not a large rush of people when the doors open. Ticketing ensures that everyone has a chance to visit the sale floor in a calm and organized manner.

We have successfully used this ticketing system since the second year of our dress sale, and it ensures a fun and safe day for all customers.

When and where do I get the tickets?

Tickets will be distributed beginning at 7:00 a.m. from the front of the church facing Rochester Road.  Two types of tickets will be issued to enter the sale:

  • The regular admission ticket will get you into the main sale area, which includes everything except bridal dresses.
  • The second admission ticket is for bridal dresses only, as they are in a separate area of the sale.   If you are interested in a bridal dress, you must obtain two tickets at the entrance.

Both tickets will be issued from a single distribution point.

Once you obtain an admission ticket, that guarantees your spot in line.  You are free to go until the indoor waiting area opens at 8:00 a.m.  Most customers will visit nearby stores or eateries to get breakfast.  Starbucks Coffee, Sheetz, Dunkin Donuts, Walmart, and other retailers are all within a three mile drive of the church.

All ticketed customers must return to the church no later than 8:30 a.m. for announcements.

Do I have to pay for an admission ticket?  Is there a fee to get in?

No.  Admission tickets are completely free of charge and are solely issued for crowd management and security reasons.  There is no obligation to purchase a dress if you take a ticket.

Are tickets issued on a first come, first served basis?

Yes. If you are first in the ticket line before 7:00 a.m., get ticket 1, and arrive back at the church before 8:30 a.m., you are guaranteed to be the first to enter the sale area. If you get ticket 125, you are guaranteed to be 125th in line, and so on.  Ticket numbers will be verified prior to entering the sale floor.

My mother/father/boyfriend/sister/friend is coming with me to the sale, but is not getting a dress. Does he or she still need a ticket?

Yes.  EVERY PERSON 12 years of age and older who wants to enter the sale floor must obtain an admission ticket at the church entrance, even if that person is not buying a dress.

For example, if a mother comes to the sale with her daughter, and the mother wants to accompany her daughter in the sale area, both must have an admission ticket.

Any person without a ticket is welcome to wait in the indoor seating area, but will not be able to enter the sale floor until the numbers of all ticketed customers are called.   If you are unsure whether or not you want to enter the sale area, we strongly recommend getting an admission ticket just in case.

To be fair to all customers attending the sale, there are no exceptions to this policy.

How early does the ticket line form?

The ticket line starts to form at different times year to year and is heavily dependent on weather conditions. In some years, the ticket line has started to form prior to 5:00 a.m.  No worries through if you can’t make it that early. Tickets will be handed out throughout the morning, and dresses will be available for purchase throughout the duration of the sale.

How do ticket numbers get called?

Beginning at 8:00 a.m., a large indoor waiting area will open. All customers will be asked to return to the church no later than 8:30 a.m.  Starting at 9:00 a.m., ticket numbers will be called in groups of approximately 25 to 50 at a time to enter the sale floor. This will continue until all ticket numbers have been called.

I’m coming to the sale with family or friends.  Can one person in the group come to the church early in the morning and get tickets for everyone else?

No.  Sale volunteers will distribute one ticket per one person in line.  One customer may not take additional tickets for others in a group who are not present in the ticket line.  Each person who wishes to enter the sale must be physically present at the church in the designated line to obtain a ticket.

I want to enter the sale at the same time with a big group of friends.  Can you guarantee we enter the sale floor together?

The only way we can guarantee this is if all members of a group arrive at the church together and get tickets at the same time in sequential order.

How long is the wait to enter the sale?

The wait time varies year to year.  Unless you have tickets 1-50, there will be a wait to enter the sale, but the process moves forward quickly.  You will be waiting in a heated Sanctuary with comfortable upholstered pews.

Don’t panic if you get a high numbered ticket. There are a lot of dresses. Expect to have to wait and come prepared with something to keep you busy!

Are restrooms available prior to the doors opening at 8:00 a.m.?

No.  For security reasons, restrooms will not be available at the church prior to 8:00 a.m.  An extremely limited number of restrooms will be available after 8:00 a.m. once the indoor waiting area opens.

Shopping for a Dress

How are dresses organized?

All dresses are organized on racks by size. Sizes of dresses on the racks are clearly identified with printed signs.

What sizes of dresses do you have?

We have many sizes of dresses available for purchase, regular and plus sizes.

Do you have bridal dresses?

Yes.  Please check back to our website and social media pages for updates on the exact number of bridal dresses we have available closer to the sale date.

Bridal dresses will be in a separate area of the sale which requires a second admission ticket to enter. If you are interested in a bridal dress, be sure to ask for a second ticket at the entrance to the church.

How many dresses do you have?

Please check our Facebook page, Twitter page, or this website for updates on dress counts, which will be taken closer to the sale date.

For our 2017 sale, we had:

  • 1,418 prom dresses, most of which were brand new
  • 130 bridal dresses, all brand new
  • 501 cocktail or homecoming dresses
  • 206 mother of the bride dresses and formal cruise wear

Are your dresses new or used?

A large percentage of our prom dresses are brand new, many with original sale tags still attached.  There are some dresses that are used or “gently worn.”  All dresses, new and used, are of high quality and individually inspected and sorted prior to the sale.

Do you have fitting rooms?

Yes. We convert all Sunday School rooms, most restrooms, preschool rooms and nurseries into several dressing areas within those rooms complete with mirrors, chairs and racks. Well over fifty dressing areas are available for customers to try on dresses.

We ask that you do not take more than three dresses into a fitting room at one time. Once you know you do not want a dress, hand it to the dressing room attendant who will have it hung back on the racks.

Can you provide minor alterations on site?

Yes. Seamstresses will be available on site for minor alterations and free consultations.

What methods of payment do you accept?

Cranberry Community United Presbyterian Church accepts cash, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.  We are unable to accept any American Express cards, personal checks, or money orders.


Do you have parking on site?

Yes. Free parking is available on site on a first-come, first served basis.

Is parking free?


Is there overflow parking?

Yes.  Additional overflow parking is located a short five-minute walk (0.2 miles) away at Haine Elementary School.

1516 Haine School Road
Cranberry Township, PA 16066-6621

A wheelchair accessible concrete sidewalk and signalized pedestrian crosswalk across Rochester Road connects the school parking lot directly to the church.

Can I park on the surrounding streets instead?

No.  Parking on streets bordering the church property, such as Rochester Road and Hamstead Lane, is prohibited by Cranberry Township ordinance.  We ask that all customers use the Haine Elementary School lot for overflow parking.  On-street parking outside of a designated marked space is illegal in Cranberry Township and may result in a citation from local police and/or towing at owner’s expense.

Customers with Disabilities

Is the sale and the church wheelchair accessible?

Yes. The sale floor and church facility are wheelchair accessible. An elevator is available upon request to access the sale.  If you require assistance to participate in our sale due to a disability, please ask any sale coordinator or staff member in a bright pink or red shirt the day of the sale.

Do you have handicapped parking?

Yes. Handicapped parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis near the front of the church facing Rochester Road.  Additional handicapped parking and a drop-off area is located in the rear of the church.

Do you have wheelchair accessible restrooms?

Yes.  ADA accessible restrooms are located on the first floor of the church between the old and new greeting areas, as well as next to the cashier lines in the sale area.