(Closed) Would you shop for wedding items at a wedding items only thrift shop?

posted 7 years ago in Weddingbee
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Maybe, but as long as it wasn’t over-priced.  I personally did not end up buying anything from past brides in my area- they wanted really high prices!  (For anything with “wedding” attached to it.)

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I would totally check it out!  I’m always looking for a bargin 🙂

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would have used this while I was planning my wedding. And I have a few things I could probably get rid of now – flower girl basket, my wedding shoes, my veil, hair flower, etc. I think its a great idea!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

UM YES! I love thrift stores! Now imagine a thrift store dedicated to weddings

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

This usually doesnt work because the items are usually high priced because the sellers use the argument that the items are “barely” used, since they were only used for one day. Wedding items are only intended to be used once so they arent “barely used” they are “fully used.”

I would buy used linens, centerpieces or decorations for my wedding but not clothing.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

I would definitely use this!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I would use one if the items were decently priced. itd be good for items like caketoppersm, decorations and cake cutters, etc.

If you are actually considering doing this, you should be aware that thrift stores can be difficult to operate successfully, especially if the brides receive a percentage of your profit margin. Just make sure you crunch your numbers, before you move forward. Especially if you want to rent a store front. I’m just not sure its financially viable, when you take into account overhead costs and variable expenses

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Enb0114djb: For a used wedding dress, I don’t think most people would pay much more than $250 (regardless of it was worn), especially for an 800 dress. I just don’t think you’d get a lot of profit margin. and if you buy the products up front, you might end up with a large inventory you can’t resell. From what I’ve heard, a lot of brides have had diffulty selling their dresses. My sister has been advertising for 2 years online and has lowered her dress to $100, and still no bites.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’d probably stick to decorations/linens/etc. only and not mess with the wedding dresses. Brides have a lot of attachment to those gowns even if they claim it was never worn, and you’ll have a hard time getting them for decent prices and selling them at any kind of profit.

Plato’s closet also gets shipments from actual retailers on stuff that wouldn’t be approved for the sale floor (kind of like TJ Maxx) so I think if you combine people’s stuff that they bring in along with some contracted brand new pieces from retailers, you’d have a good thing going.

There’s my .02!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

Preownedweddingdresses.com and oncewed.com make a killing on the used dress market (I am talking about people buying dresses in the thousands range) so yes, there is a market for it.  I am not really sure this is a new market though.  It might be interesting to have a comprehensive site though.  I guess weddingbee classifieds already does that kinda?

A brick and mortar consignment or thrift store is a bit more difficult because you have to count on lots of people getting married.  Also you are competing with the websites I just mentioned where brides set the price and pay little or nothing to sell their dress. 

It could work but I think there are better places already out there.  Thoughts?

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

heck yes I would!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee

Could work.  I know Bridal Garden in NYC is a non-profit consignment and sample store and they do very well.  Part of that could be the altruistic mission though.

 

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