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October 12, 2017
Big Day Bargains
Turn your browser into a savvy savings superstar with these Charleston-based bargain sites for brides
Written by Frances Bramsen and Middi Joyce
No matter how many zeros are in your wedding budget, a Big Day bargain that doesn’t look like a bargain is pure bridal gold. With that in mind, find everything from gowns and hair accessories to signage and tabletop décor on one of these virtual bargain spots. You’re welcome.
Lowcountry Recycled Bride: With nearly 9,200 members and climbing, this Facebook group created in 2013 is your one-stop-shop for all of your bridal needs. Get advice from newlyweds or shop from gently used décor to ensure a smooth planning process.
Craigslist: Search for higher quality items on an extensive inventory list all over the Charleston area. You can negotiate prices when buying or selling and the site typically has anything you’re looking for here (search Charleston, South Carolina, and “wedding”). One downside, you don’t know who you’re buying from ahead of time. Beware of scammers.
Tradesy: Sell what you own and buy what you want” is the motto of this chic online shop that offers quality new and used items, excellent customer support, and easy buying/selling capabilities.
Bridal Garage Sales: Scroll through at random or specify your search for gently used wedding items where everything you need is in one convenient place. Bonus: No early wake-up necessary for this garage sale. To avoid scams, check their tips here.
Facebook Marketplace: It’s the greatest thing since sliced bread, in our opinion. 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.”