(Closed) Does anyone know of a place that buys NEW, NEVER WORN, wedding dresses???

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@josiegrosie: I am going through the same thing with my Melissa right now… I think I might add more crinoline underneath to make it fuller 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Brides Against Breast Cancer is an amazing organization!  I think they take dresses as donations, which you should absolutely do if that fits your needs!!! It’s a completely worthwile cause. I’m excited for them to come back to Chicago. Although I have my dress, I’d like to volunteer for them!

 

As far as places that BUY gowns, I know there’s a place around Chicago called White Chicago that’s a VERY high end bridal “consignment” shop that attempts to sell good condition, gently worn designer gowns (and I believe they take a portion of the sale, like any consignment shop). I know I’ve heard of places like this in other states too. You might try googling your city or state and “bridal consignment” to see what pops up.

 

Good luck!

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

i used oncewed.com to buy my dress.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

give it time, you WILL sell it. I sold the first dress i bought because i wanted something fancier. i listed on preownedweddingdress.com which is ultimately how i sold it.  also, i advertised on oncewed.com and a bunch of other sites.  google “sell wedding dress” and you will find a ton more.  don’t give up, it will happen.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Most consignment stores will buy it, but you would only get 40-50% of the sale price if they manage to sell it so not worth it IMO. Try the sites above that other posters mentioned. If you’re not getting any hits at first, reduce the price by a little. For most brides to buy a dress online instead of the actual store there has to be a price incentive, so you should probably list it at least 20% off the price you purchased. Unfortunately the minute you bought that dress, it went down in value. Doesn’t make sense but it’s true.

I sold three dresses on preownedweddingdresses.com so far, two unworn and one used, so I know it works! You just gotta be patient.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper

While I was dress shopping, I looked at a lot of used (or unworn but sold by an individual, “regret dresses” as I call them, haha) dresses, and I’ll be honest – I never bothered to seriously consider dresses that were listed for more than 50% of the original cost.

As a budget seeking bride, I was very aware of the discounts, sample sale prices, etc. that were available, and I was not interested in buying a dress in unknown condition if I could get it for a similar price direct – or in buying from someone who could well have bought the dress at a discount and be selling it for more than they paid, trying to make a profit.

While that isn’t what you’re doing (presumably), the consumer bride has no way of knowing that. That’s why the deeper discounted dresses are easier to buy – plus they’re cheaper, which is what the kind of brides who browse sites like PreOwnedWeddingDresses are looking for. 🙂

Good luck! It’s unfortunate but inevitable that you’ll lose money on your regret dress. :/

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@ddw: I agree with this for the most part, but there is a difference in how “used” and “regret” dresses should be priced and treated. I sold my used dress for 40% of what I bought it for (and immediately got three more inquiries willing to pay more, so I wish I’d waited a little), but my regret dresses fetched about 70-80% of what I bought them for. If the dress is advertised as brand new with tags attached, there should be no question as to its condition unless the seller is lying.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@meliss:  and if you think the seller is lying you can ask for pics of the dress showing the tags still on. i sold my regret dress and just automatically posted pics with the tags visible, so people would be sure to believe me.  i got back 75% of what i paid.

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper

@meliss: True! Sorry, I meant to clarify that and see now that I didn’t – sometimes my typing gets ahead of my thoughts, haha.

Yeah, I meant to say that for used dresses, realistic pricing seem to start around 40-50% of purchase price, and for regret dresses, realistic pricing seems to start around 65% of purchase price.

I also got the impression that people are willing to pay more (or higher percentage) for higher end dresses; I was definitely looking at lower end dresses. 🙂

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

you can also try selling it on oncewed.com?

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