Bridal Consignment Stores Thrive in Tough Economy

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Brides are embracing a new concept in the wedding gown shopping - bridal consignment boutiques. Sales are up 21% year over year at Le Dress Boutique, Luxury Consignment in Atlanta, GA. At Sabrina Ann Bridal Consignment in Ardmore, PA sales have increased 15% year over year.

The concept is is eco-friendly and simple - consign and sell the types of dresses women wear once.

A soft job market and falling stock prices are squeezing wedding budgets across the country. High-end bridal retailers are struggling. Priscilla of Boston, a stalwart of the high-end wedding gown industry, just announced they will close all of their stores after 65 years in business.

The concept is eco-friendly and simple - consign and sell the types of dresses women wear once. Bridal consignment boutiques, like Le Dress Boutique and Sabrina Ann, typically accept bridal gowns that are 2 years or newer and in pristine condition. Additional stock comes from overstocked bridal shops, designer samples, and brides who purchased more than one dress. According to Linda Morado, owner of Le Dress Boutique, prices average 45% off retail prices for designer wedding gowns, and 50% off for Mother of the Bride dresses.

Brides and moms love one other benefit of shopping bridal consignment. Shoppers can try on the dress and take it home the same day. Traditional bridal shops have only sample gowns. Brides must order the dress with a 50-100% deposit of the purchase price and wait 4-6 months for the dress to arrive. With bridal stores closing amid a tough economy, this is a risk for any bride.

For more information on Le Dress Boutique, Luxury Consignment, call 404-842-1955 or visit their extensive website:
Sabrina Sigler is the owner of Sabrina Ann, 24 Ardmore Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003


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