(Closed) Used dress–where to try it on

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Maybe a library?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

You don’t need a library card to go into the library, only to check out books.  I think a public restroom in a restaurant or supermarket is not a great idea.  They are often still quite dirty, and even though they are public, the staff are usually not happy about having people in there just to use the bathroom.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

The library’s restroom might not be so nice either, just because it is a public restroom.  I avoid the ladies’ room at my university’s library at all costs.  Really, any bathroom that the public has access to carries a risk of being nasty.  

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I  would make some phone calls and see if someone would let you use a meeting room. Many small towns will do this. Places to try library, senior center, nursing home, college, historical society. If you get an lady chances are she will say yes but want to see too 😀 I personally wouldnt mind some random lady seeing me in the dress if it meant a clean place to try it on. Could that work for you?

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Can you find the same dress at a bridal salon near you and try it on there to determine if you like it? Even if they dont have your size you can have them measure you for the size and just say you need some time to think or you wont buy without your mom seeing it something like that. If the size is right (or close) and the seller didnt have many alterations done you should be all set!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

I think reserving a meeting room/conference room in a library or a community center is a good idea.

If you know of/have a connection to any churches in the area, they might have a decent bathroom, a nursery, conference room, library or even a bride’s room you could possibly use. I wouldn’t just waltz into an unfamiliar church, though – it should be a place that either you or the seller have some connection to.

I’ve also heard of people stashing the dress in a big shopping bag, meeting up at a mall or department store, and taking it into a changing room there. I think that I would feel really uncomfortable going that route, but I know I’ve seen threads where other Bees talked about doing it.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

@lawbride88:  A bridal store probably would NOT let you. They want to sell you one of their gowns, not help you buy a gown from a different source.

The other Bees who were talking about using a store dressing room were talking about something like a Macy’s, a J.C. Penney’s, etc. – something bigger and more anonymous. Even so, I don’t think I’d personally be comfortable going into a store – any store – and trying on clothes that weren’t the store’s own merchandise, *especially* a wedding gown. But if you were to try it, definitely aim for a big store, not a small boutique. Not only is it WAY more conspicuous, but in a small store, you would also be taking up one of only a few changing rooms for their customers, potentially impacting their business a lot more than you would by using one room at a department store that has dozens of fitting rooms and hundreds of customers at a time.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

@lawbride88:  Do either you or the seller know anyone who lives in the area where you are planning to meet – a friend or relative? Could you maybe go to that person’s house to try it on?

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@KCKnd2:  That’s what I did when I bought mine used. Just take a friend 🙂

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

what is your dream dress?  a slim al lace gown or a very large ball gown?  I think that makes a difference! 

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