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Written By: 
Frances Bramsen
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Karen Greenberg
Try these stellar sites for wedding day steals, deals, and Lowcountry loot

Whether you’re thrifty, a DIY queen, or just a bonafide hunt-and-find addict, gathering goods (and a gown) for your Big Day has never come with more tag-sale appeal than in the age of the Internet. Swap the sweaty yard sales this summer and instead try scrolling your way to the lanterns, chalkboards, invitations, light-up signs, cake toppers, and even designer frocks of your fantasies. Here is a roundup of some of our favorites.


Lowcountry Recycled Bride: Founded in 2013, this Facebook group has nearly 8,500 members who post everything from décor for sale to vendor questions. It’s as much about wedding planning advice from been-there-done-that newlyweds to the newly affianced as it is about buying and selling.

 

Craigslist: From signs to arbors, flower-girl frocks, and silk garlands, it’s here (search Charleston, South Carolina, and “wedding”). The bonus: the inventory tends toward quality goods; the downside: you can’t preview your seller like on Facebook.

 

Tradesy: This national site started as Recycled Bride back in 2003; the wedding tab still yields curated décor, paper goods, fashion, gifts, and on, and on.

 

Bridal Garage Sales: From flower walls to mirrored trays, this national site has a deep, deep inventory. We've linked to the Charleston portion, but there are more South Carolina cities and national listings, too. 

 

Facebook Marketplace: Head to your Facebook homepage, then look in the left column under “Explore.” Click on the little awning for the Marketplace and away you go down a rabbit hole of Charleston area sales. For décor, try “Hobbies,” then “Arts and Crafts.” And for great bridesmaids goodies, find monogrammed ball caps and Turkish towels under “Clothing and Accessories.”