Donation Frequently Asked Questions
How else can I donate?
We receive wedding gowns five years old or less, formals, petticoats, bras, veils, hair accessories, jewelry, children's special occasion and other wedding supplies and decor.
Will I receive a receipt for my donation?
Operating under a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Adorned in Grace will issue you a receipt for your monetary or product donations. The receipt for donated goods will not show the value of the goods; you (and your accountant) can determine that value using IRS guidelines.
Please let the volunteer know the name and email address of the donor if you bring in a gown for someone else. A download form to attach to the product donation is included for your convenience.
Can I bring my gown to the shop?
If you live in the Portland, Oregon area, you may bring the gown (five years old or less) and formalwear/accessories to our shop at our west side location 4949 SW 76th Avenue, Portland 97225 or our east side location 818 NE Division, Gresham 97030 during store hours. In Tacoma, call 360-888-4921.
Please remove the dress from its keepsake box and put it in a plastic or cloth garment bag.
Can I mail my donation to the shop?
Yes, please put the gown in a plastic bag to protect it from water damage, fold in the sides of the skirt then roll/fold the gown from the bottom to the top, taking care not to bend the hard plastic boning in the bodice. Then place the gown(s) in a box. US Mail and UPS are best shipping methods. Note: sending gowns in preservation boxes is often much more expensive, so please consider removing the gown from the preservation box and shipping as described above. Ship to: 4949 SW 76th Ave. Portland, OR 97225. Please do not ask for a signature confirmation, as this way they can deliver it any time.
Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope so we can send you a receipt for your taxes.
By filling out and including the download form along with your donation, you will help our volunteer staff to correctly value your items for resale. If you would also like to include stories, photos or letters of good wishes, we enjoy sharing those with our customers, and volunteers!
Do I need to have my gown cleaned before donating it?
It is greatly appreciated if you are able to clean your gown. You may be able to economize on cleaning costs by indicating you do not need preservation measures, and by requesting a discounted rate due to your plan of donating the gown to this cause. If arranging a cleaning is a challenge, you may simply include a check to cover the cleaning costs, which start at $50 for a wedding gown.
Do you take older or vintage gowns?
We are currently able to take gowns that are five years old or less.
Four great ways to give:
1) Donate wedding gowns and formalwear
2) Other in-kind donations: please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mannequins, tagging guns.
- Commercial-grade vacuum cleaner and supply of bags
- Dry cleaning and bridal alteration services
- Printing services
3) Volunteering: please see volunteer section below.
- $10 provides a gift card for a victim with an immediate physical need
- $25 provides transportation for survivor to receive services
- $50 provides for cleaning of a donated gown
- $100 covers Design Studio curriculum for at-risk girls
- $250 covers printing of publications to raise awareness
- $500 supports efforts to "change the culture" through legislation and social media attention
- $1000 provides professional counseling for a victim of sex trafficking
Do you receive donations from wedding gown shops?
Absolutely! Adorned in Grace is the "go-to" place for donating your overstock, last season, or floor sample gowns. Because of our incredibly low overhead, you can be assured that nearly all of the funds generated by your donation will be used for this important local cause. This is not the case for all gown-resale charities! In Tacoma, call 360-888-4921. In Portland; contact email@example.com or (971) 217-7001 to arrange a donation.