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What do you mean you're not accepting David's Bridal gowns for consignment?

Posted on December 5, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Every once in a while I check in on the wedding consignment/swap pages on Facebook to see what my shop is tagged in - 99.95% are all recommendations which is fantastic!! Thank you to my brides, vendor friends and anyone else who recommends Love & Lace on those pages. Every once in a while I see the shop mentioned in a thread that I kinda shake my head at. The #1 is "They don't take David's dresses anymore" which is usually followed by "Why won't they?" There a several reasons why we are no longer accepting gowns from David's on consignment. 1 - They do not retain their value. What's on their website today for $899 can be $499 or $99 the next day. It is A LOT of work to keep up with pricing from David's. And if we consign a gown from David's at $800 because its $1000 today - then I check the site in a month and that $1000 dress is now on sale for $499. I can not sell it used for more than its worth brand new. Then I have to contact the consignor and let them know the price has dropped. Therefore, our price needs to be reevaluated (loosing the shop and the consignor profit)- the last thing I want is to sell my bride a David's dress for double it's new retail when I have a once worn version. It's bad business. 2. We are now advertising ourselves as a "designer consignment boutique." David's bridal are not designer gowns. They are manufactured. There's a huge difference in quality and production of a Maggie Sottero vs a David's bridal gown. 3. They don't sell as quick as our designer inventory. Meaning they usually take up valuable space in the shop where another gown could be that could make the shop money as well as the brides who decide to consign with us. 4. David's is the #1 competition of small bridal boutiques. It's like Pepsi selling Coke products. When the shop first launched it was so amazing that we had so many brides willing to consign their gowns, even David's ones! And I sure do appreciate every single David's gown that has come and gone through my doors. But the reality is - now that the shop is a little more established, I can begin to refine the business plan. And part of that plan is to not offer the completion. No matter how nice or new the gown is, and David's has some really great dresses these days! So it's hard to say no thank you to all the potential consigments. 5. The market for David's bridal gowns are over saturated. I can pull up any dress from David's and find at least 10 of them on Preownedweddingdresses.com for significantly less than what I can sell it for while paying the lights bill and my employees. For every ONE Justin Alexander #6715 dress that's sold there are 500 David's style #WG2637 sold. They are so common because David's sells in such volume and I can not compete with what they are selling for online. There are several other reason why I made this decision but I think this is enough for everyone wondering why. I hope this answer any questions - as a business woman I need to protect and nurture my business. This is just another step in Love & Lace's growth - if you have a great gown from David's there are plenty of other options for you to get some of your investment back and we will be happy to point you in the right direction. Cindy

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2 Comments

Reply Tassitey
11:09 PM on July 8, 2017 
I bought a gown at David's Bridal and it's an Oleg Cassini. So I think you're wrong about David's not selling designer gowns.
Reply L&L
10:55 AM on July 20, 2017 
Tassitey,
Although Oleg may be a designer - Their gowns aren't normally found in small boutiques. The "Designers" we are speaking of are specifically the designers who normally open accounts with privately owned bridal boutiques. Oleg, does not. Smaller bridal boutiques usually don't think of Davids or the lines offered there as "designer dresses" even Vera Wang lost a little status when she started designing specially for the big box retailer. I appreciate you taking the time to comment and hope that you loved your Davids bridal gown!