(Closed) Would you buy a used dress or a sample? New dress only?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Would you buy a used dress or sample? New dress only? (You can pick multiple)

    Used dress

    Sample dress

    New dress only!

  • Post # 3
    10449 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I wouldn’t be opposed to buying a sample dress if it was in good shape. Some of the dresses I tried on were in great shape and others were terrible. A used dress I’d be more leery about because usually that’s done online like preownedweddingdresses.com, and I wouldn’t be comfortable doing that without seeing it in person. But I’m 6’1″ and had to special order my dress with extra length so it’s not like these other options were really an option for me anyway haha! 

    Post # 4
    308 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I bought a sample dress, but also looked at used dresses too. I was okay with it because I think that sometimes people just don’t want to “waste” their dress by keeping it in a box for the next 40 years. A lot of times on sites like preownedweddingdresses.com the women are two dress brides and trying to get rid of one of the dresses.

    My sample dress was reduced and discounted and almost identical to an Enzoani dress that I love (I’ve seeen a couple bees misidentify the dress I have for the designer). Because I was on a budget, I jumped at this opportunity. 

    Post # 5
    4192 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    Mine was a sample- no way I would have been able to afford it otherwise. If I had had the time (short engagement), a recycled dress would have been an option- I’m going to try to sell mine- it’s WAY too pretty to spend the rest of its life in a box.

    Post # 6
    5656 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    As lon as something is in great shape I wouldn’t have minded getting a sample or used. However, I would NEVER pay full price for a sample. I know that David’s Bridal sells you their floor dress, but it’s not like you get a discount for this tried on 100 times dress. So in that case I would have insisted they order me a new one. (I didn’t buy my dress there but my best friend did and had this exact situation)

    Bad luck and superstition only has as much merit as you give it!

    Post # 7
    1812 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    I was open to all 3, but planning for new. Then when I found my dress I asked if they would price match another store’s price, and she said she could do better than that: she’d give me 20% off if I took the sample. The sample was brand new (intricate beading in perfect condition), my size, and now within budget, so I said hell yeah! Happy sample bride!

    Post # 8
    270 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    I bought a sample dress.  I stayed away from them for so long bc I imagined tattered and torn dress but the store I went to carried only samples and they were all in very good condition.  The dress I ended up with doesn’t need any repairs, just the normal alterations.  Best part: I saved 50% on a designer gown!

    Post # 9
    8679 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I really wanted a brand new dress but I think I would’ve taken a sample. I was not interested in a used dress.

    Post # 10
    4494 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I would be open to both a used dress or a sample dress. I’m not really superstitious so I don’t think its bad luck.

    Post # 11
    1729 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I bought a sample and I’m so excited about it! It was $50!

    Post # 12
    1424 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rosehill Community Center

    I wish I could have purchased a sample.  I did look at used dresses, but it felt a little harder to find something perfect because I’m not small enough that I could alter something down, and I’m not that tall, but found it hard to find something long enough.  As it was, I got a new dress because that was my only option for the dress I wanted (even though the crazy dress shop lady apparently sold the sample I tried on right after I tried it on…  oh well, it was ivory, and I wanted white)

    Post # 13
    45 posts

    I bought a used dress off of ebay. I had searched Preowned and OnceWed for about a year. I tried on a lot in the local stores so that i got a good idea of what i liked and what looked good. I just feel like there are so many dresses sitting around in closets, why not recyle them? I ended up saving 80% on my dress.

    You can see my pictures here:


    Post # 14
    336 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I brought the sample dress as they cut the price for me. I am more then happy to wear it.

    Post # 15
    1209 posts
    Bumble bee

    I bought a sample dress. I had to, due to my short engagement. However, I was literally the first person to try it on, so it was kind of a brand-new sample. I got 25% off, but I’m sure I will have to spend more in alterations because it was too big.

    Post # 16
    1935 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

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    @Pinkmoon:  I’m only 5’9, but no sampleswere long enough for me either! Conspiracy for us tall chicks, I tell you. 

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