(Closed) Did you look for a used dress? Did you find the one you wanted?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Did you try or succeed to buy a used dress?
    I tried to find a particular dress in a particular size and succeeded! : (8 votes)
    20 %
    I tried to find a particular dress in a particular size and it didn't pan out... : (9 votes)
    22 %
    I bought a used dress, but didn't have a specific style number in mind so it was simple. : (8 votes)
    20 %
    Nah, I didn't buy a used dress, but I like polls. : (14 votes)
    34 %
    Other (explain below) : (2 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
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    4352 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I found my dress used online in my budget, and in my size (it was altered to fit the seller who matched my measurements). I found it within a couple weeks. I chose a really really popular dress though, so I had about 8 listings to choose from. I bought mine on oncewed. I made sure to ask a lot of questions to confirm the seller was legitimate and the dress would arrive with no surprises. 

    Post # 4
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    3697 posts
    Sugar bee

    I got my gown at a Brides Against Breast Cancer gown sale. They accept donations of pre-owned gowns and then sell them as a fundraiser for breast cancer patients. They also get donations of brand-new gowns from bridal shops, designers, etc. I went to one of their events and tried on dozens of different gowns, and found an ensemble I’m delighted with. I had a few ideas of what I wanted going in (something non-strapless, mainly) but I was pretty open-minded about other aspects of what I was looking for.

    Post # 5
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    1041 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I didn’t get a used dress, but I got a dress from a sample sale.  I find that used dresses are usually harder to buy because the hem or the size has been altered.  With my sample, it’s a size too small so I’ll need to lose weight or get it taken out.  Either way, I knew that going in.  Versus buying a used dress…I don’t know if it’s going to be too short or altered in a way that you can’t take out/in.  Before getting my dress, I did inquire about a couple used dresses and the length was going to be questionable for me.

    Post # 7
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    676 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I bought a used dress but it was not the one I originally set out to purchase. I searched for months for a specific dress with no luck so I finally started looking into trying to find something similar. I found a dress that I love and bought it, but it still wasn’t the one I was originally looking for. But I am glad that I bought the other one because 9 months after that search began I still have yet to find the other one for sale and I would be in crunch time right now had I waited and not bought the one I did.

    Post # 8
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    4352 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @Bazingau:  A good seller should list her height with heels so that you can figure out if it is long enough (Mine is 5’4″ with 3″ heels – I’m 5’3 and wearing 4″ heels in the picture). They should also mention any alterations that were done (the bust on mine was taken in and the hips were let out). 

    You do have to do a lot more legwork with a used dress to make sure it hasn’t been altered so that it is too small for you, and that if it is too big it can be altered smaller. You should also make sure you have a clear history of the dress from the time it was purchased until the time you receive it (where was it purchase, how was it store, was it in a smoke/pet free home, was it professionally cleaned and preserved, are there stains from being worn ect.). All that extra legwork gets you a nice bonus in the price department though, Mine was purchased for less than half what the seller spent, and about 1/4 of what I could have gotten it for in a salon today.

     @maryaz:  If you want a list of questions to consider asking sellers let me know.

    Post # 9
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    16 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I looked all over for my dress. From David’s Bridal to high-class coulture boutiques. I finally ended up buying an Alfred Angelo dress from a consignment store. It was brand-new with tags attached, never altered and for $125. I did go online to look over pre-owned dresses, but I’m a little hesitant to buy online if I can’t try it on. They may claim to be clean, no rips, but I rather have it on hand to look over. Not to mention, if they had it altered, it may not fit the same as if it’s new. Good luck! 

    Post # 10
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    216 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Yes, brand new on Recycled Bride in my size and color and a 20 minute drive from my house….40% off, too!

    Post # 11
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    1079 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I looked for a used gown but I couldn’t find any that I liked that were my size.  I ended up buying a new one.  Oh well, maybe I can pass it on to someone else.  🙂

    Post # 12
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    257 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I bought mine from a consignment store for about half the retail price. I didn’t have a specific dress in mind when I went in.

    I have a friend who bought her dress from yourdreamdress.com and she had a great experience – her dress fits perfectly.

    Post # 13
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    128 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I keep looking but I haven’t had any luck yet.

    Post # 15
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    746 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I didn’t plan on buying a dress from a resale shop, but I just happened to find the perfect dress at a thrift store in my town that donates all profits to local families in crisis. It was only $50! When I took it in for alterations, the seamstress estimated that it was a $5,000 gown. All the tags were cut out so I don’t know the brand, sadly!

    Post # 16
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    128 posts
    Blushing bee

    Didn’t buy a dress, but sold one! Bought for my daughter then she had the dreaded dress regret! So I put it on per owned weddingdress.com and sold it for abou half of what I paid. But the girl who bought it was very happy! It helps ifyour can try it on at a store first and know what size and if you really love it!  Make sure ou communicate!!!! Get lots of pictures! Don’t accept just the designers web site picture 

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