{Spring Cleaning} ~ Aka How To Get Rid Of An Old Bridesmaid Dress

May 17th, 2012 | Posted by skirsner in Uncategorized

Speaking of those bridesmaid dresses taking up space, I have decided that today is the day that I will try to get rid of them. I apologize to any friends who may see a photo of “their” dress here. I actually loved all of them, and some of them I could wear again… but I most likely won’t. They were all perfect for the day when I wore them but now they are taking up prime real estate in my closet.

I would love for them to be reused for another wedding, so I started to do some research into sites that re-sell old bridesmaid dresses. After some extensive googling, I found these to be the best options:

http://www.recycledbride.com/ -listing fee

http://woreitonce.com/ – listing fee

*  https://bridesmaidtrade.com/ -no listing fee

Next, I looked into bridesmaid dress donation sites. Not surprisingly, there doesn’t seem to be an urgent need for old bridesmaid dresses in the donation department, but my search results led me to several organizations that donate prom dresses to girls who are not able to afford them. Most sites were location specific, so if you are looking to donate your dresses, I would search for a reputable organization in your town. Here are two that I liked:

http://www.donatemydress.org/

http://laspromcloset.com/index.html

Looking to donate but also get something new in return? http://www.newlymaid.com/ will take your “gently worn” bridesmaid dress in exchange for a discount on a brand new little black dress. Once you set up an account with Newlymaid, they will send you a pre-paid mailer. Just send off that dress you know you will never wear again and Newlymaid will give you a special price on one of their many styles of new LBDs. They also donate or recycle your old dress! That doesn’t really help the closet space factor, but at least you will have something taking up space that you actually want to wear.

If all else fails, another interesting way to rid oneself of an old bridesmaid dress is to reincarnate it. Dye it {black usually works}, shorten it {find a great tailor}, or sew it into a pillow sham!

Do you have a good idea? Let us know!

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