The concept of a Dress Agency is a brilliant idea because it lets buyers bag a bargain and sellers receive a little back for that unworn or good quality garment.
Bargains come in all shapes and sizes. There is usually an Aladdin’s cave of goodies just waiting for the right person to purchase; from T-shirts through to beautiful bridal wear, shoes, bags, belts and jewellery.
How a Dress Agency Works! Good quality garments that are no longer worn, perhaps too large or small, or indeed, never worn due to an impulse buy or unwanted gift are placed in the dress agency, typically for a period of six to eight weeks. Prices can be left up to the expertise of the assistant or negotiated when goods are brought for sale. You will find the assistant will know the market very well and offer great advise as to a good price to ensure a sale but also maximise your return. When the item sells, then the dress agency will take a commission. Most agencies work on 50% commission. Should the item not sell after the agreed time, the item can be reclaimed (this is usually the customers own responsibility)or the agency will send them to charity. Each agency usually works with a particular charity; just ask and they will let you know who they usually donate to. Maybe if you have a particular charity that you like to patronise you can discuss this with the agency and they will do their best to follow your instruction.
For the buyer, you can go and browse through the garments and items in a relaxed atmosphere and rummage through to find something that is of excellent quality (the dress agency will not accept garments or items that show any wear or are damaged) and find items that are ‘as new’ at a fraction of the original cost. Perhaps you are the mother of a bride and want a new smart outfit, but if it’s something you are only going to wear once, you don’t want to pay big money; well a dress agency is an ideal place to find something fabulous without the big outlay.
Of course, in this day and age, where we are all very conscious of the environment, selling your clothes, shoes and accessories is a great way to recycle your unwanted goods and for the buyer, they can feel good that the carbon footprint for the item they are buying has already been made at the time of manufacture and they are not adding to it by buying a new garment or accessory.
So in conclusion, what are the main reasons for using a dress agency?
=> A place to bag a bargain
=> A great place to sell your unwanted garments and accessories.
=> Fabulous designer wear at a fraction of the retail price.
=> Find shoes, bags and accessories at a fraction of the original price.
=> Beautiful bridal gowns at less than half the original cost.
=> Environmentally friendly.
=> A relaxed shopping experience.
=> Some dress agencies offer other services, such as bespoke handmade jewellery.
=> Helping local charities.