More than 3,000 dresses, shoes and accessories will be up for bid April 22 at Independence Mall.

WILMINGTON -- With prom and weddings season right around the corner, there might be a chance for local teens and brides to snatch up designer dresses for below-ticket prices.

The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office will auction off more than 3,000 dresses, shoes and accessories April 22 at a storefront in Independence Mall.

The auction is the result of court judgment between Isabella Grape Boutique and the store's landlord.

Court documents state that in July 2012, Connie Ledgett, owner of Isabella Grape Boutique, entered into a lease agreement with The Forum, located off Military Cutoff Road. A civil complaint was filed by The Forum in March 2016 stating Ledgett owed nearly $100,000 from September 2012 to August 2017 under the lease agreement.

In February, a judge ruled Legett owed The Forum $95,301.37 in unpaid rent plus nearly $6,000 in interest and The Forum's more than $14,700 court fees.

According to the sheriff's office, the shop -- which had an address in the Judges Road Business Park -- was served a writ of execution, allowing the sheriff's office to seize its merchandise.

All money made through the auction will go toward paying off the debts.

Formal dress wear, pageant dresses, bridal wear, footwear, jewelry and other accessories will be sold. Some brands included in the auction are Tony Bowls, Mac Duggal, Jovani, Terani, Sherri Hill, Heather French Henry and Claire's Collection.

A sheriff's office spokesman said there are wedding dresses worth $4,000 and cocktail dresses worth $1,000 that will be a part of the auction.

Reporter Hannah DelaCourt can be reached at 910-343-2075 or