Selling a dress, trying on

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I don’t know about trekking the dress in and out of a mall; can you find a Starbucks near the mall? They usually have pretty good-sized, generally clean bathrooms. That’d also be a small building, rather than a bustling mall, so that the person couldn’t take off with it very easily.

If you’re dealing in cash, I’d actually recommend meeting at a bank (with a bathroom in the lobby) instead. You can deposit it right away, and not be walking to your car after the sale with $1,400 on your person. 

In either case, take someone with you, and meet with the person during the day time. 

Post # 4
4441 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@vanessa7:  How far would be travelling to meet her?  When I had my dress up for sale myself the one and only person that was interested had tried on the exact dress at a bridal salon and knew she wanted mine, didn’t need to try it on so we just would have figured out shipping.

If it’s not too far I wouldn’t mind meeting her and accepting cash.  Paypal is kind of ridiculous, what if she takes the dress home, claims she found something wrong with it and asks Paypal to reverse the payment.  They ALWAYS side with the buyer and you’d be out $1400!  If you meet in person she can inspect the dress and hand you the cash free and clear!

Agree with PP to bring a friend tho!

Post # 4
665 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

This is my concern about selling my wedding dress..  I just want to sell it without anyone trying it on because i paid $400 to get it dry cleaned and i don’t want someone wrecking it by getting some kind of stain on it.. i’m not going to fork out another $400 to have it cleaned again and i feel weird about them coming to my house to try it on too but i wouldnt want to take it to a public bathroom or something, that would be weird! and you have to help them try it on its not the type of dress you can just put on by yourself. All these things are turning me off the idea of selling it. Ideally i just want to sell it to a company who will sell it for me but i can’t find many places that do this, if they do they specify that they sell pre-owned designer dresses.. what if mine doesnt have a designer but just a number.. seems to be too hard.

In your case, could the girl come to your place or maybe your parents place or something?

Post # 5
151 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

It is completely reasonable to feel uncomfortable transporting a wedding gown to a shopping mall so that a potential buyer can try it on in a public restroom.  Many stores will not allow you to use their dressing rooms to try on an outside piece of clothing.  Is there any way she can try on the dress at a bridal salon?  I would explain that trying it on in public would risk needing it to be cleaned again which could be a significant expense if she did not purchase it.


Also, I agree that if you were to accept cash, it would be best to meet at your bank.

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