Advice on reselling a brand new dress? Haven't even picked it up yet.

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
1072 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Perfectly possible to resell the dress (I have heard good things about websites like but you will likely only get about 1/2 to 2/3 of the original cost back and it may take a while.

If the main issue is that it doesn’t ‘fit’ the venue I think you could still wear it. Brides tend to be able to set their own level of formality. 😛 Your day, your choice.

Post # 3
5935 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

My advice is to not expect to get the full price. Even though the dress is brand new and never worn, you’re selling it second hand. Typically online sites say to start at 10% off the purchase price and decrease from there if the dress hasn’t sold. As for pictures, just include the ones you have minus the back side. Include the designer’s stock pictures as well. Once our actual dress comes in you can update the listing to show it.

Post # 5
5 posts
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’ve just had the same problem, and for the same reason. I know that the dress isn’t right for me, and I so badly want to sell it. But I’d need to do so right away to have a chance at another dress. 


Seems like it could take ages to sell a dress online 🙁


Has anyone had luck with other message boards or selling options? 


I’ve attached a pic of my dress as well. If anyone is interested 🙂

Post # 6
5 posts
  • Wedding: May 2014

Also, Kathleen, I don’t think you sound ridiculous at all. I think this issue is more common than you think. Also, the pressure to choose the right dress sometimes results in choosing A dress. 


This stuff is hard. I actually logged in to find out more about this. I hope you have luck selling 🙂

Post # 7
5 posts
  • Wedding: May 2014

Sorry. I didn’t realize that there were actual classifieds. I thought I’d just found a board for my similar issue. You can delete my post… I couldn’t.

<br />Sorry again! This is my first time on Weddingbee boards 🙂

Post # 9
462 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

What kind of venue are you having?


The dress looks beautiful (both yours and the other poster) and I can see it fitting most venues!! It would be a shame to not wear it. 

Post # 10
167 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

kathleen0408:  I went through the same thing with selling my first dress, except that the original dress I bought was a sample, so it was already discounted quite a bit.  I do think that it was harder to sell the sample since it wasn’t brand new, so you might have more success there.  

I listed the dress on a number of different sites – (there’s a $25 listing fee), Tradesy, Ruffled Blog/Recycle Your Wedding (where I actually sold it), eBay, and the Knot and Weddingbee classified sections.  

I listed the dress in October and ended up selling it at the beginning of this month.  I originally listed the dress for $540 (which is what I paid, including tax) with the seller paying the shipping.  I periodically dropped the price and changed the listings to include free shipping.  I ended up selling the dress for $435 and paid the shipping of about $50.  I also paid for it to be packaged, and there were PayPal fees that I split with the buyer.  

All in all, there are a number of extra fees/costs that you can run into, so I’d make sure to take that into consideration when you think about how much money you could potentially make back.  Feel free to PM me if you have any other questions.

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