Cash-and-Carry wedding gowns for $200

June 26, 2009 2:43:03 PM PDT
The dining room at La Fourno Trattoria on South Street may be quiet now, but at noon on Sunday, the scene will be quite different. That's when The Sample Rack will take this room over for an unbelievable 200-dollar cash-and-carry wedding gown sale.

Carolyn Verdi, owner of The Sample Rack, explains, "All the sale dresses will be $200. The actual retail is $1,000 and up, depending on the manufacturer."

Ordinarily, The Sample Rack is open by appointment only. And frugal brides can get designer gowns for 800-dollars or less.

But their stock rooms are crowded with silks and satins, sequins and beading, and so they've cut prices even more, to make room for more inventory.

At that price, Verdi expects some brides to buy gowns with the intent of altering them, or using them as a basis to add or remove different details.

"We will have a dressmaker at the sale and she will be able to tell them what the cost might be to make the dress over into what they want, " Verdi explains.

That means you could pay $200 for a 16-hundred-dollar Janel Berte dress, have the organza overlay removed, if it's not to your taste, and still end up with a custom-made designer dress for more than 75% off retail.

The gowns are not pre-owned. They're bridal salon or runway samples. Most are sizes six to 12, but a few of the dresses go up to size 18. Again, the sale is cash only and "first-come first-serve."

The sale begins at 12 noon at the La Fourno Trattoria, 636 South Street. Verdi suggests brides bring just one person with them and wear some sort of body suit as there will be a limited number of dressing rooms.

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