The wedding day is easily one of the most important days of a person’s life. So, naturally, you’d want everything to be absolutely perfect on your big day. But more than that, you’d want everything to be meaningful and valuable.
Picking out the wedding dress is often where these meaningful and valuable aspects of wedding décor are taken highly into consideration. You want your dress to have value and respect tradition. But many brides-to-be are going a completely different route with wedding dress shopping – thrifting.
The Trend of Thrift Shopping
During the pandemic, people could no longer go out for shopping. But the urge to engage in retail therapy for comfort was still there. So, online shopping became all the rage.
Thrifting as a concept blew up in 2020, with Gen Z starting and running thousands of online thrift stores and bringing in massive revenues for online independent artisans on sites like Depop and Etsy.
Among the products being thrifted very often now are ones that you maybe wouldn’t expect: wedding dresses.
Reasons People are Thrifting Wedding Dresses
· It’s Convenient and Affordable
The entire purpose of thrift stores is to provide a convenient way to get rid of clothes you no longer wear so that somebody else can easily put them to good use. That’s also why everything you’ll find at a thrift store will be super cheap. Wedding dresses are no exception!
· It’s Environmentally Friendly
Buying fabric for a new wedding dress that you’ll get made for you or buying a pre-made one from a branded designer are both practices that create a larger carbon footprint than simply picking up an already-worn wedding dress from a thrift store. So, thirfting is by far a more environmentally-conscious choice.
· It’s Valuable and Meaningful
Wedding dresses that end up at thrift stores have likely belonged to people who have memories attached to them. Adding on to those memories will be the new owner’s memories, making the dress meaningful for them. Not to mention, thrifted wedding dresses will likely be old. So, there are your “something old” and “something borrowed” parts of the wedding traditions sorted!
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