(Closed) Anyone buy a sample dress?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
7779 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I did, but it was an “in stock” dress and not a floor sample. I happened to be the first and only person to even try it on.

Find a good seamstress and cleaner and you should be fine. You’ll be surprised the magic they can work.

Post # 4
197 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I got a sample dress too. When I picked it, it looked great, like brand new. But when it came back from the cleaners, it did look a little bit worn. I’m not sure if it’s just because I haven’t seen it for a long time or if it really got affected by the cleaning. When the seamstress was doing the hem, she said she noticed two holes, but she will fix it for me. When I got it back after alterations, she said there were more holes that she had to fix, at least for free. I wasn’t happy to hear this but I couldn’t do anything about it by then. Since then, Ive started noticing more imperfections too, beading, frays, etc. Until now I still get bummed when I think about this, but then I try to focus on how pretty it is instead, imperfections and all. πŸ™‚

Post # 5
1841 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

All three (yes, three) of the dresses I have purchased were samples.  Dress one was in decent shape, and looked great after it made a trip to the dry cleaner.  Dress two had some hem issues but overall was clean.  I’ve sold it as I just couldn’t convince myself that it was “THE” dress.  Dress three is TEN YEARS OLD, bought off eBay as a sample, and the seller was very accurate in her description when she listed its appearance as new.  When it arrived, it is still completely tagged (like the hang tags, along with the labels inside the dress), and does not even have dust on the hem.  She bought it from a boutique going out of business, and thought that it had been in their storeroom since it was ordered in so many years ago.

Post # 6
4035 posts
Honey bee

 I recently bought a sample dress from a high end boutique and have not got my alterations done. I noticed a few little frays on the bead work, but all the alteration shops have assured me they are easy to fix. I have not got it cleaned or steamed either, so we will see! My dress is a light ivory, so it kind of has a vintage color anyway, so I am not worried about it looking brand new/fresh white. The fact is, it is new to me and I love it πŸ™‚

Post # 7
343 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Me! It was beautiful once it had been cleaned and pressed, just stunning, but to be honest there was barely anything wrong with it to start with. I’m sure it will be fine – you won’t notice any tiny imperfections Smile

Post # 8
3417 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

I biught my sample a couple weeks ago and the shop said I was only like the 5th bride to try on the dress since it is a 2012 Fall collection. I didn’t notice any imperfections except on the sash some beading was loose. However I’m debating on a different sash anyway so I’m not too concerned with it at this point. I will see my dress again in about 3 weeks when I go to pay off a little more of what I owe on her. I will do a more thorough look to make sure she is close to perfect since as of right now I don’t need any alterations.

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