Money Saving Monday: the Wedding Swap Shop

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT ) - Each week, WHNT NEWS 19 tries to hook you up with ways of saving money on any occasion in life.  That includes one of the most important days for a man and woman -- their wedding day.

As joyous as it is, the bills from it can leave a blushing bride in tears.

That's where an exciting new venture for one bride in Huntsville comes in.

Amanda Quillin hopes to help other brides come out of their special day with a new name and some cash leftover by stopping by the Wedding Swap Shop sale coming up.

The idea came out of Quillin's effort to sell her wedding dress.

She said she looked all over Huntsville for a consignment shop to help her, but none did.

That's when she decided there was a market for people like her who want to enjoy momentous occasions as well as the joy of saving money.

"I bought most of my stuff consigned and my wedding was $5,000," said Quillin.

Now, she's ready to let go of the dress and other things she used for her perfect day to help other brides-to-be.

That's why she started the Wedding Swap Shop, a three-day consignment sale for everything related to a wedding celebration.

"This is new," said Quillin.  "This will be our first sale."

It starts with her website -- the -- where men and women can register their items to be consigned.  Then they drop those items off for the sale and wait.

"We will sell it, you do not have to be there and then afterwards, you will come pick up what's left over or we'll cut you a check for what has been sold," said Quillin.

And it's not just for weddings and wedding dresses.

"But decor, like aisle runners, candlebras, candles, mason jars, just anything you can think of that you would use for wedding decorations or formal event decorations, prom, floating lanterns, all that kind of stuff," said Quillin.

She said she's only accepting items in near-perfect shape.  That means nothing broken, scratched, smudged or blotched.

Furthermore, some of the items she'll have for sale will come straight from wedding boutiques trying to get rid of clearance items, dresses that have never been worn for deeply discounted prices.

The sale will be June first through the third.

It will be located at a building between Hancock Fabrics and Gamestop in the Target center on University Drive.

Quillin said she's planning two sales per year.

She added, as an example of the sale prices, Quillin paid $700 for her dress and will sell it for $200.