Did you purchase a sample dress? Happy you did or regret it?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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2962 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Why can’t you get alterations done? I purchased my dress off the rack. It was the last one available and it was also being discontinued and it was my size! I’m only 5 ft tall so of course I was too short for the dress. I got it hemmed and it was perfect.

 

Post # 4
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1774 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

My dress was a sample and I’m so happy to have found it! It was my exact size and I got it for almost 50% off. There were no stains and barely needed any alterations. 

Post # 5
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5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I saved boatloads by purchasing off the rack!  If you’re concerned about the dress being too short once you add a crinoline and heels, why not wear heels of equal height (or better yet, the shoes you plan to wear at the wedding) and wear or borrow a crinoline to see exactly where the hem will fall.

Post # 6
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820 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I bought a sample and never looked back! They offered to go over the dress with an eagle eye and fix any tiny little snags or irregularities (there was a lot of beading). They did just that, and since my dress didn’t need alterations, I saved even more! That said, I only bought the sample because there were no imperfections (other than a few loose beads). If it was dirty or stained or lots of snags, I probably wouldn’t.

Post # 8
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3806 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My dress is a sample dress and I love it. The fit was nearly perfect so I got a really great idea of how it should look and it was in really good condition. My dress retailed for $3k+ and I bought it for $1900 so the price was within my range. 

You should be able to get all of the alterations you’re talking about. My dress was altered with no problem. I had it taken in, hemmed, bustle stitched in. And now it’s being cleaned and for my next fitting, the seamstress will go around and hand sew any beads or sequins that need to be tightened into place. It will be hand cleaned after that, pressed/steamed and ready for pick up by August. 

Just like any other dress without the 4+ month long wait.

Post # 9
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2962 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@blushbliss:  Oh I’m sorry I must have misread what you wrote. I thought you were saying the dress was too long. I’m not sure what may be done about that. Did you ask the salesperson?

Post # 10
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655 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I bought a sample 70% off the original price, and it is perfect. No stains, rips, or anything! It is a bit big in the chest and a bit long so I will need alterations, but for $350 for a dress I love I am happy as a clam! No regrets whatsoever.

Post # 11
Hostess
9919 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

i have to say that honestly, 15% doesn’t seem like much of a discount for a sample dress.  Most sample dresses i see are more like 50% off the original price – certainly more than 15%!  If you are going to get it I would certainly see about getting a bigger discount!

Post # 12
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351 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I purchased a sample and don’t retret it at all. It was my dream dress and just happened to be discontinued when I went to try it on. Like PP have said, 15%off is not that big of a discount for a sample. Mine was 75%off

Post # 13
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3978 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Where did you find a sample with a 52 hem to hollow? That’s amazing.

Post # 15
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5518 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

My reception dress was a sample at 50% off.  They asked an alterations lady to make sure everything I needed was possible before I purchased. 

Post # 16
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3415 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

I bought a sample.  I didn’t get much of a discount at all, but it was a brand new line and the store had just got it in.  In fact the line came out in Sept and I purchased the dress at a sample sale in Oct.  But I knew it was my dress.  It was my dream dress and I just had to have it.  I was fine purchasing the sample for only a few hundred less than it would cost for new.  Plus I saved on shipping.

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