Post # 1
So my FSIL posted on Facebook that she had booked her first bridal appt. Someone posted that she should try this awesome new shop downtown (it’s kind of a sketchier area).
I googled it, and this is all I found.
An ad on Kijiji. Part of me is super curious, the other part is terrified that I would end up with an awful knockoff of a knockoff. Theres also a small part of me that worries I will go in to try on dresses and wake up in a bathtub full of ice, missing a kidney.
Should I bother checking it out?
Am I risking my vital organs?
What do you think bees?
Post # 2
Justbrynne: No!! No no no no no no!! If an ad has to say “YES THIS IS A REAL STORE” then nooooooooooo
Post # 3
Justbrynne: I think you should keep your kidney.
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Post # 5
I don’t see the harm and checking it out. Whats the worst that can happen?
Post # 6
I probably wouldn’t go down there but if you want to do some more research try the phone number on their website.
Post # 7
Justbrynne: I think they may have been saying it’s a “real store” because most of the knock off companies are based online. Sounds like some foreign man/woman working in a home/small shop or something… Def not “legit”, but may be worth checking out it you’re on that strict of a budget?
Post # 8
Justbrynne: I’d go! But definitely with a few people, one of them male.<br /><br />To me it just sounds like some foreign based store that is selling discounted gowns that they get wholesale from somewhere. They might be cheap knockoffs, but I feel like its worth a shot.<br /><br />Who cares if its a name brand if it still looks good though?
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016
I wouldn’t go because a) they spell ‘arm candy’ as ‘arm kandy’ :/ b) I read this on their website: “I set aside a minimum of 90 minutes to consult with each new customer. During that time, I lock the door and don’t answer the phone. And I tell them that they will not buy a dress today.” I see that they’re trying to give a personal experience, but it would freak me out ahah c) they have to tell people that it’s a ‘real store’ 😉
Post # 10
Justbrynne: When I googled the address I got JG Janitorial Services.
Post # 11
SweetCherryPie: When I googled it from my phone I definitely only found a jewelery company based in Toronto. Thanks 🙂
Post # 12
Well, I think you can assume that they order the dresses through Chinese factories, and you’ll end up with a knock-off.
Post # 13
Perhaps they share a front door… or maybe their door is round the side?
Post # 14
Justbrynne: Whats the harm in going to have a look, at worst you’ll try on some chinese knock offs. However most wedding dresses are actually made in china so i wouldn’t be that bothered as long as they were good knock offs.
Post # 15
I’ve seen these in toronto, Its a simple as, this huge company pays an arm and a leg in rent, has space in the building they are not using, and works out a deal with the landlord and shares the rent by giving up that extra space, in this case a bridal store..the people are CLEARLY having gowns brought in from over seas or buying in BULK really cheap out dated sample gowns. & now selling.<br />The reason its one on one is likely they only have one fitting room or one consultant (not customer service) Honestly, the location and the mannor of how they are operating does not bother nor shock me. <br />The only concern I have (I have worked for davids bridal, Bliss bridal and foreverfriendsbridal through out my life) I would see these poor ladies coming into my shops all the time and it was the SAME story “I went to a small forgien shop downtown toronto with cheap gowns and ordered my gown, and when I tried picking it up the sign was gone and so was my money” <br />If you choose to go my advice for all ladies is always travel with friends for “safety and fun” plus buy off the rack and have it altered most gowns can go 2-4 sizes safely, just look at how much fabric is in the lining you can play with or if the gown has a zipper imagine it with a corset installed. <br />Happy shopping! <br />PS I see you are in winnipeg, if you go that davids bridal (I trained the managing staff in our toronto location 2011) A trick to saving some money is telling them you want to pay the US prices. don’t take no for an answer, they will argue and huff and puff but they can’t say no in the end! they will of course calculate the dollar exchange but it is typically 50-500 cheaper every time on gowns (this works on ALL items in store except alternation prices) <br />Again best of luck xo