Feelings on regular pre-owned clothing vs pre-owned wedding dresses?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
  • poll: How do you feel about thrift stores? How about pre-owned wedding dresses?
    I love thrift stores, even dirty ones : (26 votes)
    14 %
    I love thrift stores, but only nice ones : (24 votes)
    13 %
    I like thrift stores, but they're not my thing : (15 votes)
    8 %
    I don't like thrift stores at all : (12 votes)
    6 %
    I would wear a pre-owned wedding dress : (54 votes)
    29 %
    I would wear a sample wedding dress, but not one a stranger got married in : (17 votes)
    9 %
    I would consider wearing a pre-owned dress if I knew who had been married in it before : (9 votes)
    5 %
    I only want to wear a wedding dress constructed just for me : (7 votes)
    4 %
    I want to keep or trash my dress : (24 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    10748 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I never considered a sample/ore owned dress because I’m freaking tall, there’s just no way. The selection would be too limited. Plus it’s a once in a lifetime thing to have a wedding dress, so of course I want a new one! 

    I never buy used clothing or used anything else actually. 

    Post # 4
    Member
    2189 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    I love thrift stores, I shop there regularly for myself/FI/children. I would wear a pre owned wedding dress, I don’t care.

    Post # 5
    Member
    1491 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I had no problem with a pre-owned dress when I started my search, and actually went to about 3 Brides Against Breast Cancer events in search of a dress.   I ended up much later in my search with a designer sample of a dress that never went into production, so its one-of-a-kind.   ‘

     

    As long as the dress has been cleaned I see no problem with wearing a pre-owned dress.  I mean, the bride wore it for a day max.  Maybe even less considering how so many girls get a ceremony dress and then a reception dress to dance in.  

     

    To be completely honest, what really made my dress so special to me, aside from how perfect it really was for me, was how much of an insane deal I got on it when I bought it.  I knew, based on all my bridal appts, that I was wearing a dress that easily could have been $2500-$3000, but I instead bought it for a shockingly low price.  I am all about the insanely good deal!!

    Post # 6
    Member
    124 posts
    Blushing bee

    @ladyamalthea:  I’d prefer a preowned wedding dress than thrift clothes because they are usually only worn once or twice unlike thrift store clothes which are worn a heck of a lot more.

     

    Post # 7
    Member
    845 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Love thrift stores of all types! I buy clothes at thrift stores frequently and donate my old clothes too. I did search for and try on pre-owned dresses, but I ended up getting my dress new. Some of the pre-owned dresses were cleaner than the store samples I tried on at nice places like BHLDN (which had clearly been tried on hundreds of times before)! I am hoping a friend wears my dress for her wedding next year, if not, I’m donating it to the homeless shelter I volunteer at. 

    Post # 9
    Member
    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I LOVE thrift shops! Basically all of my clothes come from Goodwill/Savers!

    I was okay with used, but DH wasn’t so it ended up not being an option.

    Post # 10
    Member
    1491 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @ladyamalthea:   LOLOL!!!   I was just about to go back and edit my post to note that I did NOT buy my dress at a charity event.  I tried though!!    BABC is a great event!

    Post # 11
    Member
    230 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I actually bought my wedding dress at thrift store, mori lee 4816 , for 30 dollars, was fairly dirty on the bottom but came out beautifully once cleaned.

    Post # 12
    Member
    1101 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I love thrift stores! I also have no problem wearing a preowned dress and in fact would have loved to have bought my dress preowned but I couldn’t. I really love the look of 1950s prom dresses and wanted to wear a genuine vintage one for my wedding but dresses from the 50s all seem to be insanely small size-wise so I had to have one recreated.

    Post # 13
    Member
    473 posts
    Helper bee

    I wanted to buy my dress from a preowned website, but my mother about died in horror. I don’t understand why because she seems to go to the thrift store every week. Half of my closet is from the thrift store or Platos Closet (the other half is from Ross… I have a hard time spending full price for clothes, apparently)! But I wouldn’t buy my dress from a thrift store only because there isn’t much care given toward the clothes. I would only be a used dress if it was worn once and then drycleaned/preserved. 

    Post # 14
    Member
    1355 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

    Adore thrift shops, especially the pay-by-the-pound Goodwill.

    My dress is pre-owned — I got it from Brides Against Breast Cancer.

    I will be donating it back to Brides Against Breast Cancer.

    Post # 15
    Member
    917 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I LOVE thirft shops! Even the dirty ones! I’m also a big fan of the notion of buying a used dress, despite buying mine new. I also plan to sell or donate it when the wedding is over. 

    Post # 16
    Member
    1403 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    One thing about pre-owned wedding dresses:

    No way in hell I’m paying for MORE than half of what a bride paid for her wedding dress.

    1. Bride wears brand new dress and it costs her $2,000
    2. Bride then turns it around and tries to sell it to me for $1400.

    Now tell me this – why would I pay $1400 for a used dress when she gets to wear it for $600?

    I don’t think so.

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