Post # 1
This is kind of gross, and I’m a bit upset about it. Yesterday I went for my first fitting for my consignment dress that is being altered. I noticed that under the arm on one side there seemed to be some yellow discoloration. It might be from the previous bride’s sweat/antiperspirant. I know, second hand dresses are bound to have been sweated in, I’m just worried that the store will not be able to clean the stain out. The dress is silk shantung.
Did any other bees who bought dresses second-hand have to deal with stains? Did they come out in the end? I know this store does not have the dresses cleaned until the dress is sold and all the alterations are completed, so is there hope?
Post # 3
Wow… I am not sure. I know that I don’t remember mine having anything (It is being altered now). I honestly don’t believe that anyone will notice and maybe ask your seamstress if it can be removed…
Post # 4
I’m not sure about your dress and I didn’t buy mine second-hand. But I work in a group home where the girls go to an event to get second-hand prom dresses and I know one of them that looked like a silky/satiny material had sweat stains under the arms. From my knowledge they just had to take it to the dry cleaners and they were able to remove the stains from the dress if that helps (I know the materials could be vastly different).
Post # 5
Wow, I didn’t even think about that as a possibility. I know I dropped mine off for cleaning a week after the honeymoon, and am now getting ready to sell it. Definitely inquire about cleaning timelines before buying a used dress! I guess I can’t fault the store though, as cleaners charge an amount that really should be illegal to clean wedding gowns. THey would probably never make money if they didn’t wait to clean them 🙁
Post # 6
Hmm, that’s a weird policy. The couple consignment stores that I know in LA won’t accept any used dresses that have’t been dry cleaned.
Post # 7
If the stain doesn’t come out at the dry cleaners, good old fashioned Sunlight Bar soap will get out any yellow underarm stains.
Post # 8
@crayfish: Yes, it sounds like the store is just trying to pass on as much savings as possible to the customers. I have seen the prices for drycleaning dresses and it’s unbelievable. Having to clean the dress twice would be such a waste. The stain should come out, I think I was just freaking out a bit.
@julies1949: That’s good to know! I’ve never seen Sunlight in bar form. I’ll have to look for it!
@mandb122: Thanks for the reassurance. 🙂