Post # 1
I am finally getting around to selling my dress–it has been hanging in Mother-In-Law closet for almost 8 months now! I am hoping to sell on Craigslist because I have not had it cleaned and it was altered down quite a bit, so I’d rather people come see it in person to make sure it would fit.
Has anyone had luck selling their dress on Craigslist? At what price point? Any tips for getting it sold?
Post # 3
As for price point? Depends on the dress really, most brides try for 50% of the cost. But because it’s altered and not cleaned, you might have to go lower.
But personally, i’d never buys something not cleaned, so you might want to clean it first.
The most important tip? PICS PICS PICS! Lots of pics, from all angles preferably on someone.
Post # 4
@MrsVandykins: I was concerned about cleaning it–I was not sure what the cost would be, or if people would get it dry-cleaned themselves anyway.
Post # 5
You can actually wash many wedding gowns yourself, either in the bathtub or even the washing machine. (Bridal shops machine wash their gowns, believe it or not.) Check out some of the threads about this here on the ‘Bee, if you don’t want to sink a bunch of money into dry cleaning.
Ditto on including lots of pics, and also be sure to include information about what size the gown is – both the “bridal size” on the tag and the street size it now corresponds to, post alterations. (Maybe give measurements if you have them?)
Post # 7
@KCKnd2: I might have to look into that! I’m afraid it will cost $100 to clean and I’ll sell it for $200 and it will barely be worth it, but maybe I need to do a little research.
Bump for anyone else who has some tips!
Post # 8
@MM423: Mine cost $250 to clean, actually, but that was in Boston not Dallas, so it might have cost more.
My best advice is to just be patient. Craigslist is a crapshoot, and people are flakey. We sold all our belongings on Craigslist when we did a cross-country move, and couldn’t even beleive how many people would say “I’m coming to buy the shelf/couch/golf set” etc and would just never show up. Super irritating.
Post # 9
Dallas is ridiculous for wedding pricing, my dress cost $200 to clean, yikes.
Have you considered eBay as well? No, they won’t be able to try it on, but if you provide your measurements and lots of pictures, it may work.
Post # 10
@crayfish: Yep, we’ve definitely been through that before. I guess I will just keep reposting and hoping to find a non-flaky buyer.
@starrynight: I feel like paying $200 would definitely make it not worth it…my dress was only about $500 retail! I used to sell a lot of things on eBay, so maybe I can give it a try. I know people frequently list things with minor flaws/marks, so it may be possible to sell it without getting it dry cleaned.
Post # 11
Have you thought about posting on http://www.recycledbride.com and http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com?
You might get more serious buyers/more money for your dress from these sites.
I bought a sample gown from http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com that was NOT drycleaned. It worked out great because I needed some alterations and the woman said she would have drycleaned it afterwards anyway. I’m paying $160 in the San Francisco area, and the gown is made of one layer of silk and one layer of beaded lace.
Post # 12
@Luv2BeachIt: +1. I’ve noticed there are much more dresses on those websites than on Craigslist, and I personally would rather buy a used dress online than from Craigslist. Also try reselling on Oncewed. Also, I wouldn’t buy a dress online if there weren’t real pictures of the dress – I would be most likely to buy a dress if there were pictures 1) of the original model in the dress, 2) Of you wearing the dress, and 3) Of the dress itself on a hanger. I dunno why, I just find the dresses with all of those photos most appealing because I would know what I was getting. Just explain the alterations on the ad you post online and you should be good.