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What Can I Do With an Unwanted Bridesmaid Dress?

A bright pink bridesmaid dress has been sitting in the back of my closet since April of 2006. It’s never been worn. I purchased it for a wedding that never took place. I’ve tried to get rid of it on a number of occasions. I shipped it to a place called Glamour Closet in California, which used to pay 50% for any bridesmaid dress that sold. Unfortunately, shortly after the dress arrived, the store owner changed her business model, and within a month the dress was shipped right back to me.

Years ago I tried to sell it on eBay. When it failed to sell I planned on giving it away at a prom fair, but somehow I kept missing the dates. Every time I clean out my closet I stare at this dress and wonder how I can make good use of it, but somehow after all of the other clutter and unwanted items are discarded that poor bridesmaid dress remains. I have the best intentions to give it away and then somehow I never actually get rid of it.

Lately rather than getting rid of it, I’ve been thinking about making something out of it. I’ve moved it out of the closet and onto my dining room table where I’ll be forced to do something with it. My two-year-old niece loves to play dress up. I think I might be able to make some fancy little skirts or tutus out of it.

If anyone has any ideas of what to do with an unwanted bridesmaid dress please leave me a comment. I either need to make something out of this dress or finally get rid of it.

One Frugal Girl

Friday 23rd of May 2008

Here is a list of state specific programs.


Friday 23rd of May 2008

found a link to a bunch of those prom dress donation sites:, it's a cosmogirl site...oh well)

One Frugal Girl

Friday 2nd of May 2008

@anonymous -- I completely agree that this bright, pink dress could make some young girl very happy. After all, isn't that what the movie Pretty in Pink was all about? I have decided to donate the dress to charity.


Friday 25th of April 2008

I am the "anonymous" above... and I think The Glass Slipper Project is an awesome idea. I did not know such organizations existed. For $5 in postage you could make sure it went to a good home and made a difference in someone else's life. That is a pretty cool thing. Of course, back in the day when I went to Prom, I did not have access to Ebay. BUT, probably most girls who's families can't afford a prom dress, also don't have a home computer today either. Anyway, whatever you decide, I did not intend to make you feel guilty. I just hoped to make you aware that something that was sitting in the back of your closet might mean a lot to someone else. Often we overlook the things we take for granted, not realizing that a large percentage of the world's population has at most 1-3 sets of clothes... one pair of shoes, etc.


Friday 25th of April 2008

If you do decide to get rid of it, you could donate it to a community theatre or high school theatre department. They always need weird things. Or donate it to something like The Glass Slipper Project (there are a few other organizations like it).