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A vintage dress is fine, but is it weird to wear someone else’s wedding gown? Not at all, say experienced thrifters; your dress has a happy history, and you might stumble on a gem (like the one on the first page). “We know where all our gowns came from and can look it up for our customers . . .  though, really, most brides don’t ask,” says Geraldine Brower, executive director of the Bridal Garden.

WHERE TO GO
Resurrection
217 Mott St., nr. Spring St.; 212-625-1374
The gold standard for vintage couture.
Recent Find: Bill Blass strapless purple-and-white silk-chiffon dress, $1,400

The New World Order
13 Ave. B, at E. Houston St.; 212-777-3600
A hand-picked selection of couture gowns that could easily work for a wedding.
Recent Find: Givenchy column gown in plum, $1,200

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Thrift Shop
1440 Third Ave., nr. 81st St.; 212-535-1250
This uptown vintage treasure trove gets wedding dresses in from time to time, so it’s worth checking.
Recent Find: Liancarlo couture gown, $350

The Bridal Garden
54 W. 21st St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 907; 212-252-0661; by appointment
The store collects overstock from top designers and well-preserved gowns from brides. All dresses are priced within reach ($495–$2,900), and proceeds are donated to charity.
Recent Find: Twenties-style pencil gown with beaded tulle and lace appliqués, $795

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