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Scope Out Abandoned Gowns

You'll have this decision to make soon enough: Once you walk down the aisle and tie the knot, what do you do with your wedding dress?

If you're like most brides, you'll take yours to a dry cleaner to have it preserved -- and you might not come back for it.

It's crazy to think that a bride could just abandon her beloved wedding gown, but it happens more frequently than you know. Call dry cleaners around your hometown and inquire about any unclaimed dresses. If a dress has been sitting there long enough, a dry cleaner may be willing to sell it to you or even give it away. After all, store space comes at a premium, and a gown takes up precious rack room. Dry cleaners in some states can legally get rid of unclaimed merchandise after 90 days.

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