Post # 1
No luck selling it on Craigslist. Consignment shops I called did not want wedding dresses. Found a couple of shops that specialized in used wedding dresses. Fantastic! Only they did not want David’s Bridal gowns because they had too many of them.
At this point, I said the hell with selling it. Was asking $125, and rather than go lower, I figured why not donate it for the tax write-off and for that nice feeling that someone who needed a dress would get it.
Was going to give it to a second hand store until I found out they put any remaining wedding dresses out as costumes at Halloween! Hell, no!
Finally found a charity called Brides Across America, which gives donated wedding dresses to military brides. After filling out their online form, I received an email back that said something about their warehouse being full and they cannot take it.
So what now? Any ideas? I am frustrated because, for several reasons (too boring to explain here) I do not want to preserve it and have it in my closet. The more time that passes, the less likely anyone will want it, as styles change.
Post # 2
If you plan to have children, could you have it refashioned into a baby blanket or save it in case you have a daughter?
Post # 3
Could you post a photo? Maybe someone on here would want to purchase it.
Post # 4
There aren’t any other thrift stores near your area that you can donate to?
Post # 5
I donated mine to Brides Against Breast Cancer. They usually take them if you clean it or give them money to clean it and it’s less than 5 years old.
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Post # 7
I definitely do not want to save it for my daughter. Reason is my mom’s wedding dress sat in the closet for many years. Beautiful to look at, but once she passed and I moved as an adult numerous times, it was a hassle to move it with me. Was not the right size or style for me, and I felt very guilty when I finally disposed of it. (Several people near seemed appalled that I decided not to keep it for ever and added to the guilt.)
I do not want this guilt on my daughter and I want her to be free to pick whatever style she wants, not feel obligated to wear something that will be old and out of style by then. How many of us would really want to wear a dress from decades before.
Also, with combining households with my husband, I do not have the room to have it be in the closet for me to keep for sentimental reasons.
Post # 8
Is it a style that you could dye, shorten, and wear as a cocktail dress?
Post # 10
Bought it at size 12, but they took it in, so it probably fits a 10 or 8
Post # 11
Now THIS seems like the perfect excuse for a trash the dress shoot. There was just a thread going on about how wasteful those things are… but in your case you’d actually be putting to use something that would otherwise end up in a landfill (ok, itll still end up there, but at least you’ll get one more re-use out of it!).
Other things to do with it… use it as a halloween costume yourself? Splatter fake blood all over it…
There are also a ton of 5k and 10k runs that have women run in bridal gowns to raise money for breast cancer! You could do that!
Post # 12
Thanks I will definitely look into those charities.
Post # 13
My apologies if this is a trigger or morbid, but this group uses donated wedding dresses to make beautiful burial gowns for babies that are free of charge to grieving parents.
Post # 14
It’s not for everyone, but I am wearing my mother’s wedding dress and I am SO VERY GLAD she saved it. I am a sucker for that kind of stuff. I know how you feel though. I’m pretty sure my sister is borderline resentful of me for wearing it because–my theory is–it makes her feel guilty for wanting a new, modern dress. I get that feeling too. I’m sorry anyone made you feel bad about your choice, but you did HAVE a choice. I’m actually pretty stoked that the only “dress twin” in sight will be my mother, and even then, I’m altering the neckline of her dress so not really.
Of course, if you don’t have the space and you want to rid yourself of it, I don’t blame you. Why don’t you try looking on craigslist for brides who are in desperate need of an affordable dress and then surprisng them by offering yours free?
ETA: If you are afraid of your dress being used as a costume, I would steer clear of all thrift stores. I make all my own costumes and I frequent thrift stores at halloween and there are always wedding dresses out. I don’t think care what anyone promises you, don’t trust them.
Post # 15
Seems like with this style you could dye it and wear it again to some other function.