If you have read our article “BALLROOM DRESS BUYING GUIDE” and have decided that SECOND HAND DRESS is better option for you then READY TO WEAR or CUSTOM MADE you can now follow those steps.
STEP ONE: SEARCH WEBSITES, BALLROOM FORUMS, POST YOUR OWN ADVERT
To get you started here are few links to the websites with used dresses:
You can also find website of forum where you can post your own add with information on size, budget and kind of the dress you are looking for:
STEP TWO: GET ALL THE INFORMATION ABOUT THE DRESS
Once you find the dress you like get as many information on it as possible:
How old is it and how many times it was worn?
How many owners it had?
What company or dressmaker made it?
What is the amount and quality of stones (Swarovski, Preciosa, Korean, acrylic)
Is fabric stretchable and good quality?
Does dress have a full body suit?
What is the current condition of the dress?
STEP THREE: GET GOOD QUALITY PICTURES INCLUDING CLOSE-UPS
Second hand dresses are usually listed with poor quality photos.
Ask for good quality pictures and as many close-ups as possible.
Ask for a picture taken during competition to see the dress in movement.
STEP FOUR: GET DRESS MEASUREMENTS
Beside basic measurements like bust, hip and waists get also:
Under the bust, 20 cm below waist line, skirt length from waist, for asymmetrical skirt: length of the skirt from waist to shortest point and longest point, get girth of the dress and height of the original owner
Take your own measurements and compare.
Check with you local tailor or dressmaker how much you would have to pay if there is alteration necessary.
STEP FIVE: GET CLEAR TERMS OF PURCHASE IN WRITING.
Discuss the terms of purchase in e-mail, and make sure you have a clear response in writing.
Ask if you can see and try the dress before you buy it?
Ask if you be able to return the dress if you are not happy with its quality, size or condition?
If you decide to send the dress back who will cover shipping costs?
STEP SIX: GET INFORMATION ABOUT PAYMENT AND SHIPPING COSTS.
Discuss accepted forms of payment and choose one that works for you. PAYPAL is one of the most popular and its safe. There might be extra charges for using this service.
Bank transfer is also popular and safe form of payment, and has smaller charges.
If you have followed above steps getting a positive response, you should be fine now to make a good and safe purchase.
If you are still not sure that SECOND HAND DRESS is better option for you then CUSTOM MADE or READY TO WEAR DRESS read our article “BALLROOM DRESS BUYING GUIDE”