Off Beat Places To Save
Prom is a special event and you want to look your best for the occasion. Unfortunately, prom dresses can be expensive and you’re paying for a dress you’ll probably wear only one time. Instead of paying retail price for a prom dress, you can use the money you save to accessorize your outfit with some beautiful jewelry and accessories you can enjoy for many years to come. Here are some offbeat places to buy prom dresses that won’t break the bank:
On Buying Prom Dresses
Consignment stores are located in almost every city these days and they offer a nice selection of gently worn second clothing of all types, including prom and evening dresses You’ll find them a fraction of the price you’d pay at retail. Start by making a list of consignment stores in your immediate area and give them a call. Ask them what prom and evening attire they have available in your size. This can save you time if they have nothing available that will fit you.
Vintage Clothing Stores.
If you want a unique dress for the prom that’s sure to bring compliments, visit vintage clothing stores in search of retro evening wear. These dresses from the past were often well made with lots of style and attention to detail. Everyone at the prom will wonder where you find such a unique piece. Vintage clothing stores can also be a great place to buy antique jewelry to enhance your prom look.
The world’s largest online marketplace is a great place to leisurely browse for a designer prom dress at pennies on the dollar. You’ll find new and used designer prom dresses with absurdly low starting bids. If you plan on purchasing a prom dress on Ebay, it’s important to buy early for the best selection. You’ll also want to have your prom dress delivered well ahead of the big day in the event that your dress needs to be altered. Before purchasing a dress online, do your research and make sure you’re buying from a reputable seller with good feedback.
Online and Offline Classifieds.
Since a prom dress may be worn only once, some people offer theirs for sale via offline and online classifieds. Check your local newspaper classifieds, any local newspapers that sponsor classifieds for used goods, as well as online classified sites such as Craig’s List. You may end up finding the dress of your dreams at an incredible price.
Rent Instead of Buying.
You may want to avoid buying a prom dress at all. There are a variety of stores nationwide that are in the business of renting prom dresses, formal wear, and other evening attire. If you don’t have a store in your area dedicated to renting dresses, check your local bridal boutiques to see if they offer this service. If you choose this route, you don’t have to worry about being stuck with a dress you’ll never wear again.
Make Your Own.
If you have sewing skills, you can make your own prom dress for a lower cost than you can buy one new. Plus, you can choose the exact style and material your dress is to be made of as well as create a dress that fits perfectly. Be sure to choose your pattern and materials early. You don’t want to be up all night the day before the prom frantically trying to finish your dress.
Other offbeat places where you may be able to find a prom dress at a great price is at estate, garage, and yard sales. Estate sales often have interesting vintage clothing and antique jewelry to accessorize your prom dress. You may also want to do an online search for a prom dress bargain by using price comparison search engines.
If you’re on a budget (most teens are) but still want to look stunning for the prom, go off the beaten path and give these alternative sources for prom dresses a try.
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