(Closed) Tips for finding your dream dress used?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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1548 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

You could set up some Google Alerts for keywords about the dress. There may be people trying to sell their dresses on sites you don’t know about. This way, it saves you from continually checking back each site, they just email you when there are posts with your specific keywords. 

Post # 4
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753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@ellejay16:  mwahahaha I’m so happy I saw this. I made a whole post on it with tips and screen shots

Bought the dress of my dreams 'used' online (has tips)

 

1. I haven’t been able to find it in my size -everything’s been a size 4 or smaller and I need at least a size 8. 

The larger sizes are more desirable because a few extra sizes make taking it in to conform to your shape even better. In the average size range you’re competing against other similarly shaped women and the smaller ones. If you’re willing to get it altered perhaps go at least a few sizes bigger, AND make sure you you know the dimensions before you finalize a purchase, particularly height. You can’t fix a dress that’s too short for you. In the link I have tips on saving eBay searches. 

2. Or when I do find it in my size, the seller doesn’t e-mail me back. 

I sent two e-mails on preowned, one person never responded despite me trying multiple times to get in contact with her. So I guess I’m at 50/50 on that. When it comes to eBay I always get responses, you’ll probably get luckier with fast responses on eBay.

3.  The very depressing moment of finding the dress in a size 8 and a wonderful price, only to find out that the seller had it taken in and is 2 inches two small, and it can’t be let out.

Why can’t it be let back out? Was the fabric removed? My dress was taken in by the previous owner and when I took it to a seamstress she said it can definitely be let back out. Also maybe you need to stop looking at size 8’s and go up a few sizes too big, that way YOU can take it in.

Post # 6
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753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@ellejay16:  Makes sense then that that one can’t be let back out. Good luck with the search!

 

I also forgot some of the “people” on preowned are actually stores and treat their listings as part of their business. You’ll get prompt responses from the stores. They usually mention that they’re a store in the listing. 

Post # 7
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288 posts
Helper bee

@ellejay16:  I found mine on Craigslist. I entered “size __ wedding dress” and TONS came up. However, for me I didn’t have a set, specific dress that I wanted, I just looked for that style. For me I knew I wanted strapless, maybe sweetheart neckline, with a little bling and an A-line fit. By not narrowing myself into a very specific dress, I was able to find the dress of my DREAMS for $290. 

Post # 8
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413 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

What designer, style #, size, and color are you looking for?

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