This year has gone by so quickly. It is hard to believe that we started setting up the shop for our grand opening January 9, 1012 a year ago already. I have learned so much this year thanks to my customers and others in the wedding business.
We joined the Rochester Chamber of Commerce and that gave us community support. They were helpful in getting the word out that we were in business. They did a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 29th. There were several people on hand to congratulate us that day.
That was also the week that they started construction on the street and sidewalk in front of the shop. There was one lane from that week until November. That did not deter our customers from coming in to consign items and to look and buy from us.
Our first wedding dress came in from a gentleman from Mankato MN. It was a beautiful dress. He had found it while cleaning out an apartment. It still had the tags on it. We were happy to take this is and used it as our cover for Facebook for a while.
Well, that dress never sold and he just picked it up in December. We do not usually keep items that long in the shop, but it had and still has special meaning for us. It meant that someone trusted us to sell their items.
We never dreamed we would have run out of room for that dress but we have so many new and worn once dresses that we had to give it up. Thank you Denny for letting us consign that beautiful dress.
We joined The Knot.com this year. We thought by doing that we would get our name out there to the brides. Our daughter used that site for several purchases for her wedding, so we decided to try it. I do not know if it brought anyone in to purchase anything, but we ended up with many brides looking at our photos and clicking to find our Facebook page.
ForeverTV called us to ask about what our shop was about and I met with Ashley. She was very helpful in how we could work our business to help with sales and advertising. We became the 4th business to come along side them and advertise with them. They are now Forever Bride and so many Minnesota brides log onto their site and can see our shop advertisement for both dresses and decorations that we have in the shop.
You can find us on Foreverbride.com under both Wedding dresses and decor and rental. I tried to link the site but I am not that savvy yet.
In November, We knew we were on the radar. We had someone bring in their unused wedding dress and veil. It is an Amalia Cararra dress and veil. The price on this gown and veil retails at 7999.00 but we have it at 1425.00 for the 2 items. Can not beat that deal.
Then I saw this blog on The Krazy Coupon Ladies..It really brings home how our consignment shop can save you money. I posted the blog here.
Wedding gown prices are high enough to turn any bride into a bridezilla, but do not fear! There are many solutions to get the gown of your dreams for much less plus keep the cost down for your bridal party!
A few weeks ago, I went into a well-known bridal shop with my mother and sister. It was my first time trying on gowns, so I didn’t expect to fall in love with one of my selections. But I did fall in love! Like every other bride, I’m on a budget, and the dress was a little out of my price range. I searched the web and was able to get my $1,125 bridal shop dress for just $500! And I found a gorgeous rhinestone, beaded headband for $30!
It is possible to score huge savings for wedding attire, whether you’ll be a bridesmaid, the bride, a guest, or other member of that special day.
Consignment stores sell all-things wedding: Votive candle holders, table linens, gifts, bridal gowns and formal wear. Bridesmaid dresses are also here, along with mother-of-the-bride dresses, jewelry and every other imaginable item needed for a wedding. It’s like a wedding-themed department store loaded with gently used inventory. But like many resale shops, there are also items that have never been worn or used. What a lot of people don’t know is that indecisive brides flock here to sell their unused wedding dresses when they have fallen for another gown. There are also plenty of little shops that unload their sample gowns here, where they are sold for rock-bottom prices! A recent find included an Ann Taylor silk taffeta halter wedding dress, size 8, new with tags, for $100 (regular price: $595). You can search for gowns (bridal and bridesmaids) by style number. Don’t forget to check out their accessories and decorations, too!
It also offers DIY tips for weddings and features a gallery of real weddings. It’s a go-to site for advice on how to create a stylish, unique wedding on a tight budget. Find high-end bridal gowns and bargains alike, such as a Vera Wang short draped dress in a size 8 for $50 (regular price $135).
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Here are some examples of what they are talking about and what we have in stock here. All brand new never been worn for a fraction of the cost in the bridal salons.
Now my Thank Yous:
Richard, my son, helped me get up and running. He made sure that my computer worked and the programs we needed worked. He also worked in the shop for most of this first year. He has found a new job since he graduated college but helps when needed.
My daughter, Jennifer, is one big reason we started this shop. She knew how much weddings cost and refused to pay full price for something used for only a few hours. After having so much trouble finding items for her, this dream came true for me. She watches for people who are looking for a specific item for their wedding and lets them know that Special Day Consignment exists. She came home from Colorado to help with the ribbon cutting and open house for the shop. I am thankful for her and her husbands support for the shop.
Ken, my loving husband, is always here to fix something, put a piece of equipment together or just take out the garbage. Without his love and support and occasional open wallet, I would not be sitting in the shop writing this. I love that he supports me in whatever I do and picks up the slack at home so I can be down here on my days off from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MN.
Last, I could not do it without you the reader, consignor, and customer. We know that money is tight and you want only the best on your wedding day. The consignors let us sell their items to the new bride so everyone gets what they deserve. The general public needs to learn that consignment does not mean used or left over, but a place to look for items they need. Special Day Consignment has new and never worn dresses in our shop.
Thank you so much for spending the first year in business with us here at Special Day Consignment. We will keep you posted on our progress as well as our inventory.