What to do with unwanted bridesmaid dresses…

April 7, 2006 at 7:09 PM 2 comments

So last year one of my closest friends set a date and decided to get married. She asked four of us to become her bridesmaids, and we went ahead and ordered chiffon gowns in the glorious shade of party pink. The dresses were fairly pricey. I think mine cost $250. But of course money is no matter when it comes to the wedding of a good friend. Unfortunately, about a month before the wedding was to take place, she and her fiance called the whole thing off.

So what’s a girl to do with a bridesmaid dress that’s never been worn? How about every girl out there that has a barely worn bridesmaid dress hanging in her closet? Odds are it’s pumpkin orange or seafoam green or some color you’d never, ever wear again. Well I think I may have found the answer.

An ingenious woman out in California set up a store and starting asking bridesmaids from all over to start sending her dresses. You mail your barely-worn, like-new, or in my case never-worn dresses out to her shop in California. She’ll place them on her store room floor. If they sell she keeps 50% or so of the profit, but let’s face it, what else are you going to do with that dress besides let it continue to hang in the closet.

To check out the brand-new dresses I sent to prom dressesĀ click here. Obviously the dresses haven’t sold yet, but hopefully someone will come along to purchase them. If they don’t sell after a year, the owner will return them to you, or you can ask her to donate them.

So the only loss is the shipping to send the dresses out to CA. In our case, I gathered three dresses from the other bridesmaids in the hope of selling them off as a set. The dresses were light-weight. After all they’re chiffon, so shipping was next to nothing. I’m not convinced they’ll sell, but hey, it’s worth a shot.

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  • 1. ScaredOfMoney  |  April 7, 2006 at 8:23 PM

    I donated my old bridesmaid dresses to a prom dress drive. With prom costing upwards of a $1,000, a lot of high schoolers can’t afford to attend. Most major cities have some kind of collection.

  • 2. Anonymous  |  March 25, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    You can donate them to http://www.thebridesmaidparty.com. You send the dress to them and they will recycle the dress by sending it to poverty stricken HIV women in either Africa or Afganistan. These women in return remake new products out of the fabrics. This can help them fund their own businesses and be successful so they can get out of poverty.


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