(Closed) Found a dress at a consignment store! Did I get a good price??

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I can’t comment on the price, but it’s absolutely not true that silk can only be dry cleaned.  Silk has existed for thousands of years–long before “dry cleaning” (actually dipping a dress into strong chemicals) existed.  A gentle hand wash, with a soap made for delicates, is actually best for most types of silk and will help preserve its luster.  But I wouldn’t reccommend that anyone do this on their own if they don’t have lots of experience with hand-cleaning, since hand washing any delicate fabric can be a challenge.  A competent hand-washer should definitely be able to get out a basic dirt stain.  I just wanted to throw that out there–it is definitely not true that silk needs to be dry cleaned.  There’s absolutely nothing that is actually ‘dry clean only’.  And there are cleaners who can get out pretty much anything.  My favorite is Meurice Garment Care in NYC (garmentcare.com), who have worked miracles on all sorts of garment as well as shoes, bags, and furniture.  It just takes a bit of effort to find the best cleaner in your area (and then to decide whether the price they charge is worth it to you).

Good luck!

EDIT: Just noticed I misread your post a bit.  Yes, the dirt stain is unlikely to come out completely with conventional drycleaning, but there are other methods of cleaning that should remove the stain entirely–you should check out garmentcare.com, read about these different methods, and then try to find a cleaner in your area who is skilled enough to remove the stain!

Post # 4
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2103 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Check out PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com. The Alfred Sung dresses listed on there should give you an idea of how much they usually run for — with retail prices, new and used. Just by searching, the prices seem to be all over the place, depending on the style, from $500-1500 and the majority are used.

Post # 6
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154 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

hmmm its a good price but probably couldve been a little better. Im basing my observation off of extensive perusal of pre-owned dress websites and going out to consignment stores in my area to see how much their dresses are ( i already got mine but its fun to look still : ). I do think that you were smart to buy consignment- no one will no the difference and Im sure its beautiful! Oh and $100 for the alterations seems like a very good deal to me!!! very reasonable

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