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$299 Gown Sale @ Convention Center

Has anyone ever gone to this or planning on going? If you've gone, was it worth it? How early did you get there?

Re: $299 Gown Sale @ Convention Center

  • edited December 2011
    I went last year and there were a couple of dresses I liked but it was the first time I went dress shopping so I had no clue what I was looking for. I wish I would have gone to a few shops before because I had no clue what I was looking for and was too scared to purchase anything just in case I found something I liked better. There weren't a ton of people there like I expected, I thought I would be waiting in a line and everything but there were like 15 girls there. Since the dresses are sample dresses, there is a larger selection of bigger sizes. I am a size 2-4 and there wasn't a huge selection in my size. I think it's worth going since it's free. I would go early becuase there is probably more of a selection then. Also, some girls were wearing shorts and tanks under their clothes, so be prepared if you are uncomfortable getting undressed infront of people. It's a big public fitting room but no cameras or men are allowed in it. I just wore underwear and no bra when I was changing and just faced the wall and was fine, no one is staring at you haha. Hope this helps! Oh, they had veils, hair flowers, and tiaras there too!
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  • kkaew816kkaew816 member
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    edited December 2011
    Very helpful thanks! I was imagining hundreds of people lined up and going in and there only being ugly dresses!
  • Suszq002Suszq002 member
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    edited December 2011
    My best friend went a couple of years ago to the sale and found her dress. There were a lot of people there and the lines for the dressing room were crazy. It's a good idea to wear a swim suit or some boy short undies so you can just try on things on the floor without feeling too exposed. It was definitely worth it for her.
  • MrsKizdoodleMrsKizdoodle member
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    edited December 2011
    I found my dress there back when it was the $249 sale (Oct. 2006). At that sale I found 3 dresses I'd ever consider trying on and the rest were "meh". My dress was the 3rd and final one I tried on. I went in with really low expectations and was pleasantly surprised!
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  • edited December 2011
    I went two years ago.  We lined up at 6 a.m. and were in the first group that entered (went with mom, MOH, 2 sisters).  I had gone to some shops beforehand to see what I liked, and unfortunately what I liked was just coming into the shops (versus the dresses they're putting in the sale are a couple years old).  I found a couple I liked, but not "the one," and I had enough time that I didn't want to settle.  It's a group dressing room, so wear some purdy undies :)  Keep an eye on any dress you have in your possession (better yet, have someone physically HOLD it), and if there's a dress you like that someone else is trying, ask someone with you to keep their eye on it to grab it if it goes back to the racks.  HTH
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  • kkaew816kkaew816 member
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    edited December 2011
    Wow! 6 am! I was thinking of going at 8, maybe I should try and get there earlier! I'm just going with my mom but I know exactly what I want so hopefully that will make it easier!
  • edited December 2011
    We went 2.5 hours before it started, so whatever that ends up being.
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  • kkaew816kkaew816 member
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    edited December 2011
    Ok, thanks! This years it starts at 10 so if I get there at 8 that should be ok. Hope I find something!
  • MrsKizdoodleMrsKizdoodle member
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    edited December 2011
    LS is right about the age of the dresses - my dress was a Lazaro Spring 2003 collection that I got in Oct. 2006. SO, if you have your eye on any "new" trends you probably won't find what you're looking for. I would guess there would be a lot of pick-up dresses there now since they were popular 2-3 years ago. Good luck.
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  • edited December 2011
    How are the gowns arranged? By designer?
  • edited December 2011
    By size - I'd recommend going 1 size down (maybe - they all fit a little differently, but don't buy anything that won't zip up) and 3-4 sizes up (you can usually take a dress in, as long as you're not completely changing the structure of the dress, ie: going from a 22 to a 2). HTH
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