(Closed) Tips for Buying a Used Dress?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Welcome to the hive!

Ask for pictures. The more pictures the better. While I have heard of sellers who would not provide pictures, a legitimate seller should have no problem taking as many pictures as you ask. Get a picture of the tags, get a picture of the train and the underside of the hem (around the entire bottom — front through train). Ask about alterations.

Also, don’t be afraid to negotiate. It might scare off some stubborn sellers, but a lot of used dresses are listed at high prices. Don’t be afraid to start low and haggle to a middle price you’re comfortable with. Or get shipping inluded or a veil or something.

Only use paypal or escrow.com to protect yourself. If you live in the area that someone is selling it, ask if you can go see it. Preownedweddingdresses.com lets you search for gowns by location. Oncewed is another good site, in addition to the ones you’re using. The classifieds here can be a great help, too.

Good luck!

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I would reccomend going to an actual bridal shop and trying on dresses to figure out which styles work for you body type. Even better if you find a dress that you like and then purchase the exact dress online. By The Way, I am selling a victoriana by maggie sottero size 6 (sorry for my shameless pitch). I have had several people trying to scam me and I noticed that the wording of the emails was odd and their responses to my emails weren’t always appropriate (i guess they are so busy emailing too many people they don’t really read what comes in). Good luck and let me know if you have any questions. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Oncewed.com is another great resource. 

Like the PPs said, NEVER pay for a dress other than through Escrow or Paypal. Otherwise you can’t do anything if you get scammed.

Post # 8
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188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I had a good experience purchasing on ebay. Also, it seems that ebay has a lot of older style dresses that may fit what you are looking for. Good luck.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@faoiltiama:  Find a local add, call them up and talk to them.  Arrange to meet and try the dress on.   I found my dream dress like this, and it’s the best way to not get scammed!! 

Look for sample sales at stores, or consignment upscale boutiques.  There are tons of possiblities. 

Love the “green” wedding btw, great job! 

Post # 10
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274 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I looked at craigslist everyday.  I eventually found a new dress for $75.  As you can tell by reading this site along with others, many brides end up with two dresses.  I tried on several once wed dresses and some new ones as well. I agree with the bee who suggested going to a shop to figure out what style you prefer.

Green is great!!  Good luck!!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Have you looked into renting a dress?  I know a couple brides that have had great luck with renting 🙂

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

@faoiltiama:  I’m also trying to go for a green wedding, so I’m using potted plants (hopefully succulents!) for center pieces. I LOVE the parasol idea. Are you doing paperless invites? I’m hoping to do a video STD and a paperless invite. I want to do a handwritten Thank You card, though. But everyone likes receiving those, so it’s worth it to me.

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