4 Tips to Shop Sample Sales Like a Pro
Have designer taste but a pauper’s budget? If so, securing a wedding gown via a sample sale might be the best route for you. These sales offer ready-to-wear designer gowns off the rack for up to 70% (or more) off original retail prices.
Prepare yourself: Shopping a sample sale at a bridal shop is a totally different experience than a one-on-one appointment (with champagne to celebrate). Sample sales are often accompanied by crowds, a competitive atmosphere and utter chaos in the showroom. Still, bargain-hunting brides can often score gorgeous sample gowns at deep discounts through patience and sheer determination. Here are a few tips to help you get started on your sample sale quest:
1. Go dress shopping beforehand
Going into a sample sale completely blind is like a lamb walking into a lion’s den. Do research on gowns and have a few styles and designers in mind. Then, try on a few dresses at bridal dress shops so you can see which styles and silhouettes are actually the most flattering on you.
2. Determine your budget and be ready to buy
Because there’s usually only one gown available in each style at sample sales, you have to be ready to pounce on a dress you like. Choosing and sticking to your wedding gown budget will help you make quick decisions and eliminate other gowns.
3. Shop through the week
Weekends are obviously going to be the busiest for sample sales, so take some time off work to browse sample sales during a weekday. The selection will likely be better, and you won’t have to battle intense crowds to try on designer gowns.
4. Inspect the gown before you buy
Sample gowns are the gowns used for try-ons in showrooms, so they often include some wear and tear. Since they are usually final sale, look for rips, stains, malfunctioning zippers and other defects before purchasing a sample gown. Sample gowns will often look different than an original, so make sure you love the gown exactly how it is (or know you will have to make alterations at an additional cost).
with love & style from: Sandy D. (bridal blogger extraordinaire)
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