(Closed) Can't even give my dress away

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
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585 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Oh! well yeah why don’t you just have it shortened and dye it? Hmm. You might even be able to remove the lace layover and add a different colored lace. That way you don’t have to deal in the unpredictable business of dye. I mean, I guess it will cost money which is the opposite of your original plan, but you know me–I’m sentimental!

Post # 18
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Hey Carolsays try donating it to a local costume shop at a university or high school theater department.  also, if you donate it to good will, you can get a Tax write off for its value.

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

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Carolsays:  Oh none taken! I was just thinking you never know what YOUR daughter might like. But not trying to make you feel guilty, and definitely not offended. Love your dress, btw.

Post # 20
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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Carolsays:  My grandparents actually kept my mom’s dress, and we used part of the fabric for my garter belt and the “pillow” that went into our ring box. I thought it was a very thoughtful idea.

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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Carolsays:  why don’t you transform the dress into something else? I’ve read about companies that do that… the lace is really pretty and could definitely be used for something else… even maybe taking the lace for matting for a wedding picture or something. you get to “keep” the dress without having to keep the dress! 

Post # 22
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883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Church and University

LOVE the idea about dyeing it – it’s totally wearable again!!

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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Carolsays:  There was a Bee on here not long ago who paid a little bit of money to send her dress off to a professional dyeing place and it came back looking amazing!

Sherry at YoungHouseLove (a blog) dyed her own dress at home – there’s a tutorial there. 

Post # 24
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14492 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

That dress can be dyed and worn again. There was a bee a year(?) or so ago that had a tea length and dyed it yellow. It was beautiful and she got to wear it again and again. She wrote a whole long post on the process she used. It wasn’t hard and it turned out smashing. 

Post # 25
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Busy Beekeeper

High schools in lower income areas, such as where I work, collect fancy dresses for girls to buy cheap for prom.  Your dress is beautiful and I think it could be pulled off as a prom dress as well.

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I may be the odd one out here.  But, I have friends that it was hell for to find a wedding dress and or afford one.  There are so many women who would love to have a great wedding dress but don’t have the money for one.  It seems there would be some type of way to give one away somehow.  Have you tried placing an ad here on weddingbee to just give it away.  I don’t think the problem would be giving it away.  I think the problem is that the will be brides don’t know the dress is out there for grabs.

Post # 29
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

There are open Facebook groups where members list free items. I would try to search your city + free swap/ pass it on and find one to join. Once in a while I see wedding dresses on the ones I’m part of and they tend to go really quick! Similarily you can search your city+ garage sale and find groups to join if you want to keep trying to sell the dress.

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