Below: Recent ebay purchases
Check out the above copy-and-past table of my latest ebay purchases. There are LOADS of ace dresses out there, you just have to be patient. I've bought a cupboard-full this winter for next to nothing, and I've not been disappointed once.
Also, I'm more than happy to buy an '80s does '40s dress. A quater of the price and just as pretty (and will probably last a lot longer).
You see the third item down (please forgive the book purchase in there)? I bought it for $9.95 (plus $7.00 postage). The picture of it was pretty shitty, but the seller described the dress as "stunning", so I took a punt and boy did it pay off. See below, it got 221 votes when I posted it on Chictopia. Not bad.
When it comes to etsy, if it is cheap, I buy-it-now, otherwise I just sit on it and put it in my favourites. Sellers are always having fabulous sales, so if I really wnat something, I buy it at the cheapest price.