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« on: May 18, 2013, 10:18:43 AM »

This actually doesn't pertain only to competitive dancers.

Given the high cost of new/custom made ballroom gowns and Latin costumes,there's a huge and thriving market out there for resale and rental costumes.  Have you ever tried it, or do you always get yours new?

If you have chosen not to go resale, is there any particular reason why? Do you sell your old costumes?

If you do use rental or resale,do you ave any tips or pointers about how to make sure you're getting a fair deal?  And precautions one should take?

And how is the pricing, with new versus resale?  Any thoughts?
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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2014, 08:40:23 AM »

In looking for a new dress I  have come across some places that offer this service. I think it would be a good idea but it would become costly! not sure if each time is 200 euro. But a once off thing it would be very useful
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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2014, 09:46:29 AM »

maybe you could buy mine Tongue
looks like I'm not going to need it so maybe resale?
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2014, 11:00:32 AM »

not sure if I will go for blue, still using my teal green/blue dress have red and white. Not sure what colour to have this time.
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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2014, 12:55:30 PM »

how about a pattern this time?  Something really different...
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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2014, 07:28:39 PM »

how about a pattern this time?  Something really different...

I have seen a dress online that I like but one thing it looks nice but another that it looks nice on? I remember last year at the world masters that someone said to a lady at a stand try it on because she did not like it and he said well it will look different on and it did, she bought the dress Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2014, 12:12:02 AM »

I've gone through white twice, purple, teal and yellow in Standard.  Not sure what I will go with next.  I think it will be a used dress so maybe the colour won't be an option rather the look and price will be the factor.
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« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2014, 09:28:23 PM »

I've listed mine with consignment service, and I also tried placing ads in FB groups and similar. I'm also open to renting out my dresses, and I've sold two dresses like that.

This is my approach: if I were renting a dress from a rental company, it would cost me something like $250 to rent one. So, each time I wear a dress, I subtract $250 from what I paid for it (including the cost of alterations). Once I get under $1000, I list it for sale. If I get to zero, I stop wearing it, and may actually send it to a consignment service.
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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2014, 05:08:05 AM »

Hi there ttd.

Are there any particularly good services?  Might need one myself...
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« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2014, 01:13:49 AM »

I had best results renting out to locals for the comps we have in our state. Our local studio holds a dress Try-on event about 6 weeks before a local comp. it have a couple of dresses consigned with Katsgowns. Deluxdance is another place I've worked with. I traded in a dress which was really hard to sell for a dress credit.
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« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2014, 07:22:19 AM »

There are so few dancers in my area - despite it being a major metropolis - I doubt there is a local dress recycling business.
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« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2014, 10:07:33 AM »

Not even on pro-am side of things? My two local events are medium-sized ndca comps, and we have enough people here who do just those (or one of them).  They are not interested in paying a full price for a dress, but they're open to renting and buying used (I had this happen twice so far - a person who rented my dress fell in love with it and bought it).
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« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2014, 06:21:48 PM »

Not really enough for a market - though I just noticed that a new site has just been created - I'll check them out.
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« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2014, 09:14:37 PM »

You want it to be a sustained market? Or you just want to sell/rent your dress?

I find it really hard to believe that  being a major metropolis with at least one dancesport series comp, you don't have pro-am ladies who do just that comp and might be interested in renting a dress or buying a used (but nice) dress, or you don't have a local studio which takes a bunch of students to do just that one comp.
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« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2014, 12:27:37 AM »

I have not tried that here.  I have only tried to sell them. Might be more beneficial to rent them it may cover the cost of purchasing and if h=you never sell them at least it wont matter.
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