Gown Donation FAQs

 
Why donate to Adorned in Grace?
Given that the retail space is donated and staffed by volunteers, all proceeds of every sale go towards supporting victims of trafficking and raising awareness of trafficking in our community. The ability of Adorned in Grace to provide healing and security for victims of trafficking rests on the generosity of brides.  A wedding gown donated to the shop enables another bride to make a smart and sustainable purchase, but more importantly, it releases funds which go to organizations that help sexually exploited individuals here in Portland. 

What can I donate?
We receive and sell wedding gowns, formals, petticoats, bras, veils, hair accessories, jewelry, children's special occasion and other wedding supplies and decor. 

We cannot accept any casual women's wear or men's wear. Please see our resources page for other donation ideas.

Can I bring my gown to the shop?
If you live in the Portland, Oregon area, you may bring the gown to our shop whenever it is open: 1pm-5pm on Tuesday through Friday, and 10-5 on Saturday.

Can I mail my donation to the shop?
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, but please do not ask for a signature confirmation so they can deliver it any time. Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope or a piece of paper with your email address so we can send you a receipt for your taxes. 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  

P.S. If you would like to include stories, photos, or letters of good wishes, we enjoy sharing those with our customers, clients and volunteers.

Do I need to have my gown cleaned before donating it?
If your gown is current (made within the past 5 years) it is greatly appreciated if you are able to clean your gown. This enables volunteers to place the gown directly in the showroom without the time and expense of dry cleaning.  If your gown is older or if arranging a cleaning is a challenge, you may simply include a check to cover the cleaning costs. If paying for cleaning is a hardship, it is possible that if you explain to the dry cleaner the cause for which you are cleaning the gown, you may be able to negotiate a discounted price (many business people are generous toward the cause when they understand it).  Many people ask how much it costs to have a gown cleaned. We can't tell you for sure, but the cost usually starts at about $50 and goes up when the gown is very delicate. 

Do you take older or vintage gowns?
Yes, our customers are diverse and are looking for all types of gowns, and we have a dedicated retro corner of the store. However, style and quality of construction varies widely, and classic, simple gowns made out of cotton, lace and silk are more desirable. Unfortunately, it is difficult for us to sell gowns from the 1970's and 80's because the fabric is usually polyester, the sequins have yellowed, metal elements are tarnished, or the style is such that making alterations would be cost prohibitive. With that said, we will accept any gown as long as the donor understand, that we may use it in other ways. We use parts of gowns for making veils and hair accessories as well as instructional materials in our design studio.

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.  The receipt will not show the value of the donated goods; you (and your accountant) can determine that value using IRS guidelines. Please let the volunteer know the name of the person or organization if you bring in a gown for someone else. 

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! We are able to pick up gowns and other wedding items in the Portland area; contact info@adornedingrace.org or (971) 217-7001 to arrange a donation.