INDIANAPOLIS — Daniela Pretorius knows the value of a dollar. That's why she's not spending all of them on a wedding dress.
"The dresses I was looking at were like around $2,000," Pretorius said. "That's a lot of money for one dress I'm just going to wear one time."
After visiting a boutique or two, she decided to check out consignment bridal at Retulled Boutique in Indianapolis.
There, she found a dress for a fraction of the price.
"It was a wedding dress that somebody bought and then maybe she got a different dress? Or maybe it was a COVID wedding, and the wedding never happened? So, I am wearing a dress that's never been worn before."
The person who consigned the dress even threw in her veil for free, bringing Pretorius' total to around $1,300.
Amy Bonham owns Retulled Boutique and said the shop is broken up by budget. There's a room dedicated to dresses $250 and under, $800 and under, over $800.
"If the dress was not worn or not altered, it should list for about 70% of its original retail price paid," Bonham said. "If they wore the dress (or) had it altered, it should list for about 50% of its original price paid," Bonham said.
If you're the seller, you get 50% of what the dress sold for. Bonham added that COVID also impacted their selection.
"We did get a lot of dresses that were purchased and never worn. By the time people rescheduled weddings, they were looking for something different, or they went ahead and eloped."