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Still want an Alfred Angelo dress? Brides will have to bid for them at Sept. 2 auction

A window display is seen at Alfredo Angelo bridal store in West Covina, Calif., Friday, July 14, 2017. The wedding dress retailer declared bankruptcy late Thursday, July 13, and suddenly shut down all of its stores, leaving customers without answers about how they'll get their dresses that are already on order.
A window display is seen at Alfredo Angelo bridal store in West Covina, Calif., Friday, July 14, 2017. The wedding dress retailer declared bankruptcy late Thursday, July 13, and suddenly shut down all of its stores, leaving customers without answers about how they'll get their dresses that are already on order. AP

Brides still hoping to snag an Alfred Angelo wedding dress will have one last opportunity to do so on Sept. 2 — but they’ll have to be prepared to bid on it.

Following approval from a bankruptcy court judge in West Palm Beach on Monday, the bridal chain will move ahead with an auction of thousands of bridal gowns at Alfred Angelo’s warehouse in Deerfield Beach. The auction will take place at 9 a.m. at 602 S. Military Trail, Building 2, Unit 692, in Deerfield Beach, according to court documents.

The auction will take place at 9 a.m. on Sept 2. at 602 S. Military Trail, Building 2, Unit 692, in Deerfield Beach.

The 84-year-old company filed for bankruptcy in mid-July, shuttering stores from one day to the next and leaving thousands of brides who had already put in orders for dresses — some with weddings the next day — scrambling to pick up their gowns.

Some 400 to 500 gowns, bridesmaids dresses and accessories for wedding dates in the weeks after the closure have been reunited with their owners, said attorney Patricia Ann Redmond, who is representing Alfred Angelo. Redmond said that brides still left without a dress can file a claim at alfredangelo.com, but those orders will remain unfilled.

As for the remaining dresses in the store’s warehouse, those will go to bidders next month. Redmond said the stock will be largely sample dresses but that likely none of them have deposits on them or belong to brides who had previously made an order for dresses.

Auction America in West Palm Beach will manage the auction of sample dresses and wholesale inventory in the warehouse. But items will be sold in “as is” condition, court fillings show.

Although a full inventory of the items available for auction is not yet ready, it is estimated that about 5,000 gowns will be up for bidding.

Stan Crooks, owner of Auction America, said he’s still working on taking a full inventory of the dresses and items in the warehouse but estimates they could number 5,000. Although the probability is small, Crooks said he first wants to determine whether there are any dresses that were paid for but never delivered.

Auction America will have an 8 a.m. preview Sept. 2 by appointment prior to the beginning of the auction, Crooks said. His hope is that a bulk buyer will purchase all of the items, but the viewing will give brides a better sense of whether there will be dresses available for individual bids. More information on the dresses and the auction will be released in the coming weeks on Auction America’s website.

Redmond said she has received many calls from brides still hoping to purchase an Alfred Angelo dress and encourages them to attend the auction or follow up with a bulk buyer to purchase the dresses after the auction.

Chabeli Herrera: 305-376-3730, @ChabeliH

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