I’m a big thrifter, and although I regularly shop local resale shops and have recommended a few boutiques for brides to check out, I’ve never actually gone out to try to find a wedding gown. I went out to a bunch of DE/PA area boutiques and was amazed at the quality of the gowns I found and the great prices. Here are some deals that are a steal. Some need a little work or dry cleaning, but others look and feel new. Check them out fast, because some other bride-to-be is sure to snap these beauties up!
Goodwill of Delaware
4317 Kirkwood Hwy
Yea, I know, Goodwill wouldn’t have been my first stop for gown buying either. But if you’re on a budget or planning a green wedding and would prefer to buy something off retail, then this is your place. I found two gowns that were left after the March 9, 2013 DBCC’s Designer Bridal Gown Sale at the Delaware State Fair Grounds in Harrington. I couldn’t go this year, but I’ll DEFINITELY go to the November sale and report.
First up is an Eden Brides gown, Size 12 for $50. ($50!) It needs the most work, but nothing someone who’s clever with a needle and has a good dry cleaner can’t handle.
It has some great silver embroidery and a touch of bling at the nipped in waist to provide a flattering silhouette.
Covered buttons run the entire length of the back and train,
With more silver decorating its base.
Gown number 2 is an OLEG CASSINI gown for only $100. I didn’t get the size (I’ll do better next time) but you can try calling the store. The gown is strapless, chiffon over poly satin dream, with delicate embroidery on the chiffon.
It’s missing one button, but if you’re lucky, you might have a small piece left after alterations and you can make a new one.
It has a beautiful, floating train.
I’ll have more gowns and a resale boutique up this weekend. I need to call the store to check the sizes.