- 4 years ago
- Wedding: June 2014
(I wrote here that I was going to this sale outside Chicago and said I’d update–here you go if your’re interested!)
My mom and sister and I headed out to the Brides Against Breast Cancer dress sale. It was held at Jasmine Galleria, a bridal store, although I think sometimes they are held in conference centers etc. You can donate your dress to them, so I was expecting a lot of random dresses, but the majority I tried on were sample dresses from the salon (we think).
It was NOT like a “Running of the Brides” event. We started looking through the racks, which were well organized by size, and one of the girls working (some were employed by the salon, some by BABC and some volunteers I think) started me a room with the dresses, which was just like a regular stall. My sister helped me get in and out of the gowns and there was an area with mirrors (I think this was the prom/quince section of the store, so it wasn’t as spacious, but totally fine). It started at 11, and we got there around 11:10. By 11:30 it was PACKED–the employees were doing a great job going around and taking back any rejects fast so someone else could try them on.
By 12:30 it was pretty empty. We were there a long time because I ended up buying a dress* and because my sister has watched too much Say Yes to the Dress and could NOT leave until Country Club Girl bought Gatsby Dress (it was really funny–the girl even asked her not to leave). (In other news Asian girl put Lace Dress and another on hold and my sister told them to make sure she buys Lace Dress).
I’m glad we went and that my purchase goes to a charity–and I got a great deal!
*I wasn’t super into the whole dress experience. I think my dress is pretty and nice and a good fit for me. I think I could find other things I like as well, but probably not something I totally LOVE more (and certainly not for anywhere near what my dress cost). I didn’t want to go to a million dress stores and try lots of stuff on–just not my idea of a great time.