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Old 01-11-22, 07:18 AM  
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OT wedding dresses

I am doing general cleaning out at my house and realized I have my wedding dress in a box under my bed. It's been there, untouched, for 31 years. I don't have any children to hand it down to and I really don't have any sentimental attachment to it.

So my question is, what should I do with it? I don't feel the need to keep it. When I clean out clothes I give them to Salvation Army. Do people give wedding dresses to Salvation Army? Any other thoughts?
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Old 01-11-22, 08:12 AM  
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There are some organizations that use donations of old wedding dresses to sew burial gowns for still born babies. I'm not sure how you would find out if there is one local to you - maybe someone else here will know.

Here are the first few I found with a Google search, although some aren't currently accepting donations:
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Old 01-11-22, 09:18 AM  
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People absolutely buy second hand wedding gowns.
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Old 01-11-22, 10:10 AM  
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Yes, goodwill here sells them and people buy them. They use them for repurposing dresses or even Halloween outfits.
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Old 01-11-22, 10:50 AM  
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I think giving it to a second hand clothing store to sell for you is an excellent idea. There is one in the town near me and they sell a lot of designer clothing in great condition at reasonable prices and pay a commission to the people who bring them the items. I think there are a lot of women who would like a nice wedding gown but canít afford a new one.
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Old 01-11-22, 12:27 PM  
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There's a non profit bridal store near me that sells all second hand dresses. I believe it benefits victims of sex trafficking, but I don't remember exactly. Anyway there may be something like that in your area.

As an aside amazon has changed everything when it comes to affordable wedding dresses. I got mine for 200 and it is simple but very pretty.
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Old 01-12-22, 08:06 AM  
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Do you have other family members or friends who may be interested in your wedding dress? Or do you know someone who sews? A local seamstress or dressmaker? They may be able to repurpose the dress or material. You can also try selling or giving away your gown locally (on Facebook marketplace or similar site).

I've seen wedding dresses in thrift stores. Some thrift stores have a wedding dress section, but they're often with special occasion dresses. I've also seen some out during Halloween.

I was going to suggest Littlest Angels but saw on their website that they are not accepting wedding gowns at the moment. You may be able to find some local options for donation besides Salvation Army.

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