VIDEO: A New Way to Sell Your Old Gowns

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Each year, pageant contestants and titleholders reach the point of competition retirement. Whether one ages out or simply moves forward, a common question arises: "How can I sell my old gown?" Take a quick look on Facebook and you'll easily find in a former contestant's Photo Album or Wall Post...gowns and dresses for sale.

On the other hand, contestants each year attempt to balance their budget while purchasing a competitive gown for their pageant. Many will goto established boutiques and others may turn to online sources to find a previously worn gown.

Think Twice Fashions has captured the concept of both, introducing a retail storefront solely dedicated to the resale and consignment of designer gowns and dresses for pageant and prom -- that will also cater to contestants throughout the country!

I visited with the owners of Think Twice Fashions -- Tracy Kirkland and Beth Graves -- and they gave me a tour of their location in Houston, TX. My interview with them is shown below.

If you would also like to visit their location, their Open House is on Sunday, March 4th at 2pm or you can contact them by appointment at 713-253-5818. I have also included Frequently Asked Questions below.

-Will the Pageant Guy

Frequently Asked Questions

- Who is Think Twice Fashions?

Think Twice Fashions is a resale and consignment business of designer evening gowns and designer cocktail dresses. Our business was started to give young ladies an opportunity to purchase beautiful gowns and dresses at very affordable prices and to sell their dresses. We specialize in dress selection for those competing in pageants of all systems.

- How is your business different from others?

Our business allows buyers to view dresses on our website and Facebook page as well as by appointment in the Houston area. Whereas most online resale sites sell by pictures only, we provide an opportunity to see the dresses in person and try them on for a personal shopping experience.

- What is your experience with pageants?
Beth Graves and Tracy Kirkland both have daughters that have successfully competed in pageants. Beth and Tracy have listened in on many coaching, training, interview, and informational meetings with their daughters and learned a great deal about the pageant industry. Both ladies have also served as judges for pageants. Beth has served behind the scenes on staff for a large local pageant system.

- What types of products do you carry?

Currently we carry evening gowns for those competing in teen and miss pageants, gowns for prom and special events, and cocktail dresses. We carry designer dresses by Stephen Yearick, Jovani, Sherri Hill, Carlos Alberto, Claire’s Collection, Tony Bowls, and many more! We do not carry regular department store brands.

- Can you accept gowns from out of Houston, TX?
YES! We accept gowns from anywhere. If someone wants to consign from outside the Houston area, we encourage shipping the gowns to us. Please contact us for tips on proper shipping.
- Explain the consignment process.
Please email or call us if you would like to consign a dress and we will email you our contract and a seller form. The seller form is to be filled out for each dress being consigned. This form gives us important information about your dress. The price must be agreed upon by the seller and Think Twice Fashions. All dresses must be professionally cleaned or spot cleaned and all fasteners secure and beading in place.

- How can I purchase a gown or dress?

Gowns and dresses may be purchased by making an appointment to come to our shop in the Houston area near the Galleria. We do not have regular store hours, but will be available most any time to meet with prospective buyers. Dresses may also be purchased by viewing them online and calling in and placing an order. We accept Mastercard, VISA, and Discover. We do not accept checks for purchases.

- What if I am unsure about the size of a dress?
Please call us to discuss the size and measurements of a dress you are interested in purchasing. Many of the gowns have been altered, but we can give you measurements of the dress and answer any questions you may have about a dress. Keep in mind sometimes exact sizing is different from one designer to the next.

This article was written by Will the Pageant Guy

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