(Closed) What do you think of a consignment store wedding dress??

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
521 posts
Busy bee

I think it’s a great idea. Look at a few different places. a million years ago (okay, 15 years ago) I got the perfect picture-hat dripping in lace and pearls for $40 resale, in perfect condition. Resale places have great stuff.

Post # 4
2767 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I haven’t done this but I think you can find pretty good deals!

Post # 5
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I bought a preowned dress. Preownedweddingdress or oncewed – sites like that are great for dresses and veils. Sometimes half the price. If there’s a great consignment shop near you – go for it….absolutely.

Post # 6
531 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I say go for it, it’s just the same as purchasing a used gown onine. There is a bridal consignment store that I know if that looks much nicer than some of these bridal salons and they have a nicer selection at better prices- these dresses look brand new. I guess it depends on each bridal consignment store really. Nobody will know you have a used dress unless you tell them. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
5985 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

i think it is a great idea! that was my plan until i had an awful experience at the only one we have in my town. I was told that they dont have many options for a girl my size! i am a size 16 (sometimes 14 sometimes 18..depends on the month)!!!! i could not believe it! 


if you can find a great place then go for it! there is no need to buy a brand new dress whne  you can find a perfect new to you dress for half the price ๐Ÿ˜€

good luck

Post # 8
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I think it’s an awesome idea!  My first dress-trying experience was in a consignment shop. While I didn’t find something, I would have loved to.

Post # 9
1732 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think if you love the dress, it doesn’t matter where it comes from.

Post # 10
1079 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I bought my dress on consignment. It was the only way I could afford my dress. Also, it was just as nice as a boutique and the owner was _so_ nice and helpful. She even understood the concept of being on a budget and recommended a seamstress and cleaners.

Post # 11
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

One of the places I looked was a consignment shop specializing in wedding gowns- it was just as good an experience as any bridal shop I went to and the dresses were just as nice and in excellent condition. I would have had no qualms about purchasing one, just didn’t fall in love with any of them. So I’d say go ahead if you find one you like!

Post # 12
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think it is thrifty and smart

Post # 13
281 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - The Glen Manor House

Why not? If you find a gorgeous dress that you love, that’s all that matters! Vintage/second hand is a great option. Good luck!

Post # 14
49 posts
  • Wedding: May 2010

If you’re in or near a larger city I highly recommend Craigslist.  I bought my dress for less than a third of what it sells for brand new, and it still had the tags on it!  It might require a little more time or flexibility than a bridal salon, but with those savings…it is VERY worth it! ๐Ÿ™‚  Good luck w/ your dress hunt!

Post # 15
523 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My friend bought hers at a consignment shop. It has an advantage over buying it online because you can try them on first. Also I don’t know if this is true of all places, but hers was brand new but at a reduced price. Good luck!

Post # 16
1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Some of the dresses at consignment stores are actually new too.  I actually bought a dress and changed my mind about it and sold it at a consignment store.  There were tons of dresses there (and my dress sold is 7 days so I was happy).  They were very nice and had a try on area, etc that potential buyers could use.  I think they even had an alterations service as well.

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