General Dance Discussion > "Only Worn Once" ~ Why do all ladies say this about their dresses?

Discussion in 'General Dance Discussion' started by Me, Apr 11, 2007.

  1. Me

    Me New Member

    I'm sorry but I just don't 'buy it' (har har.)

    Seriously though. Almost all dresses I see for sale say "worn only once" or "worn for one exhibition" and most of time I do not believe them. Where did they buy the dress? From somebody else who wore it "only once"?

    When people sell cars if they say, "Driven once" I would think they were a big fat liar, or think there was something wrong with the car and not buy it.

    So, ladies here - you sell dresses? You buy dresses? If so, what do you think about this? Since there isn't a real way to prove the history of a gown, do you purchase used gowns from people you do not know? If so, do you believe them when they say, "worn just once"? Do you know of good questions to ask about these gowns when making a purchase?

    Thank you. ;D
  2. wooh

    wooh Well-Known Member

    Worn only once by a little old lady dancing at a church social...
    (Sorry, I'm sleepy...)
  3. quixotedlm

    quixotedlm New Member

    could be a wedding dress... worn only once, for wedding and the festivities taht follow in the day, and further festivities ;) that follow that night.
  4. Laura

    Laura New Member

    I have sold several ballgowns that I have worn only once, and I am most certainly not a liar.

    In my case, they are dresses that I bought, wore once, and then gained too much weight to wear again. Or, I bought them thinking I would lose weight, and never lost it, and loaned the dress to a friend to wear once. One time it was a dress I made and thought was very pretty, but after I wore it once and saw on the tape how it looked on me on the floor, I decided I didn't like it and so sold it.
  5. Dancebug

    Dancebug Well-Known Member

    I sometimes sell my dresses after I wore only once. Sometimes I specifically say, "worn only once at a comp" meaning I used it very gently. So I do believe some ads saying that.
  6. and123

    and123 Well-Known Member

    Personally I have seen way too many costumes that are allegedly in *cough*"excellent"*cough* condition to believe much of what I read. Detailed pics and a clear description of the costume's history, if known, are important to me. And don't get me started on people who don't even bother to make the dress look presentable in the ad and then have a high asking price. "NEXT!"
  7. tanya_the_dancer

    tanya_the_dancer Well-Known Member

    You know, so far I haven't come across a used dress I would consider buying. But I am trying to sell one of my used dresses now and I've counted that I have used it for 4 competitions and 2 showcases. Of course this means that I've also practiced in it a few times, to see how it moves. So I that's what I wrote in the dress description, and I have enclosed some action photos, so hopefully people believe me.

    Although, another thing I wonder is when they list a dress and say that it was made by, say, Dore or Chrisanne. I wonder if there's a way to verify this. Like maybe call the designer and ask "Hey, did you make this dress?"
  8. Me

    Me New Member

    The little old lady comment at a dance social was cute. :D

    Somebody (like Kat) I know by reputation and would have no problem buying from. I guess what I'm talking about is some random person posting on ballroomdancers or on Ebay.

    One dress I bought on Ebay was great but I am very certain it was NOT worn for 'just one exhibition' as many stones were missing (not evident in photo) and it had a slight odor. I wasn't out too much money but it was still irritating. I contacted the seller and by threat of chargeback and negative feedback things were eventually resolved, though it was a bit difficult.

    Oh and Tanya, I too have wondered how you can verify if a dress is by a designer. I mean I know they have tags inside but still...
  9. Genesius Redux

    Genesius Redux New Member

    Worn frequently in drag shows and private fantasies, borrowed by 27 other neighbors, auctioned on ebay, appearing in 7 adult videos (albeit twice only as a walk-on), seen in all the hottest Vegas casinos, permeated with smoke from grass, beer spilled on twice, tequila once, sneezed on the left sleeve, thrown up on the front but been to a reputable cleaner, spent two weeks in the trunk of the Volvo with set of jumper cables thrown on top of it....
  10. Me

    Me New Member

    I love you. :D
  11. Genesius Redux

    Genesius Redux New Member

    Don't encourage me! I'll have the mods rapping my knuckles in a bit!
  12. SPratt74

    SPratt74 New Member

    This is some very good useful information. I'm not one to buy from E-Bay, but I would take all of this into consideration if I did. Thanks for asking these questions! ;)
  13. DancinAnne

    DancinAnne New Member

    I sell on ebay and have listed dresses that I have worn only once. I am painfully honest on my auctions. I had one dress made that didn't quite meet the rules and I literally wore it only once at a competition. Another turned out a bit shorter than I liked... again, wore it at once comp and retired it. I have a latin dress that was worn for a season to 5-6 comps and I say exactly that.

    If a seller consistently misrepresents their auctions, it will usually show up on their feedback.

    So, yeah... sometimes it really is true.

    Ultimately, I would recommend just doing what you are comfortable with.
  14. SlowDancer

    SlowDancer New Member

    I have a dress I've been thinking about selling that I only wore once...a Lyn Wallender smooth dress that I wore once, then decided it was really too short...but I got a brainstorm and decided to have it remade into a latin dress, provided I can find someone with the skill to do it. I think I would rather enjoy it in a different form than try to get my money out of it.

    But I digress...
  15. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    A) if it was worn only once you will be able to tell...or its in such excellent condition that who cares if they are lying...if it isn't in good shape, no matter how many times they wore it, you simply offer a lower price

    B) beyond that....some folks do have weight loss/gain issues that make something un-usable rapidly....or bought something that they just don't care to keep after one use...I have never done it, but I could concieve of it
  16. chachabelle

    chachabelle New Member

    Worn Only Once

    I too bought a dress that I wore once for a showcase (did 2 smooth heats in it) and hated the way it looked on tape - so sold it. Any every designer dress I've ever bought has their label sewn in. (Except for one I bought on e-bay that said "Dore" but didn't have a label).
  17. skwiggy

    skwiggy Well-Known Member

    Maybe sponsored dresses would only be worn once? And then the sponsored lady is supposed to try and sell it? I've never had a sponsor, so I don't know how these things work. Just thinking it's a possibility.
  18. Laura

    Laura New Member

    The top designers, like Dore' and Chrisanne, put their own labels in the dress. So, when you try the dress on, you can see if the label is there.
  19. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    Even the bottom, er, non-top designers... ;)
  20. SPratt74

    SPratt74 New Member

    I suppose this is very true, especially with dancers. Good point. ;)

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