CRESWELL, Ore. (KMTR) -- A local woman is reducing wedding waste, reselling everything from dresses to dishes that brides only need for their Big Day. Kandice Feola said brides buy all kinds of decorations they'll only use once. In tight economic times, Feola decided to expand her wedding and event-planning services to offer a reusable section.
She calls these goods pre-loved, purchased from brides for about 20% of original cost and resold for about half the original price. Feola also allows shoppers to bring in used goods for store credit. She has paper lanterns, all colors of linens and innumerable wedding accessories. She can't guarantee to take every single item a bride might bring in, but says she does her best to keep things in use and out of the landfill. Feola said, "There are things in here that have been bought and re-bought - up to four times - which is great, especially the wedding dresses. So essentially, you are getting a rental: if it can be reused and sustained and reduce the amount of waste that you're throwing away after your wedding, we're more than willing to help you do that."
The trick to finding exactly what you want is to visit Feola's store early in the week. Brides come in Mondays and Tuesdays after weekend weddings, with armsful of item to sell. The most popular items get picked up fast. Feola stated purple is a big color this season and that she can't keep Mason jars on her shelves for long.
Feola suggested if you're looking to make some extra cash selling wedding items, you'll likely make more on Craigslist than you would to her store, so check out your options before you decide where to sell.