It used to be that the only acceptable used item at a wedding was the dress, but only if it was handed down from the bride’s mother or other family member. In those cases it was a lovely tradition that added to the meaning of the event. If there wasn’t a dress to be shared, then the bride had to have a brand new dress of her own.

That idea is fading more and more. One of the driving forces behind the shifting perspective is the fact that most people are struggling right now. The economy has been down for more than two years and any recovery is very slow in coming. Few people have thousands of dollars to spend on a designer gown that they will only wear once. So why not look into used wedding dresses as an option.

Another reason for the rise in previously-owned dresses is the internet. Just as craigslist has made it easier for people to hold online garage sales , there are sites popping up that are devoted to helping women sell their wedding dresses to new brides. This ends up benefiting both women as the seller gets cash for something that would otherwise just be sitting in a closet or rented storage space. Maybe there would have been more of a market for used dresses in the past if there had just been an easy way to access them. The web has solved that problem and the number of women who are wearing pre-owned dresses continues to climb.