Post # 1
I have a very specific question. My dress was purchased from Priscilla of Boston BEFORE all the drama and hype. We paid $5000, and it had to be altered to fit me. I had a size 0, and I am 5’1″ / 5’2″ tall (I am never the same when I measure my height). The dress just grazes the ground when I walk in it with 4″ heels.
I wore it in July last year, just got it cleaned and want to know how much I should charge?
Also, does anyone have any recommendations for good websites to sell it on (not kijiji).
Here are some photos of the front and back. Sorry for the weird angles.
Post # 3
I don’t have any advice….just wanted to say you look soooooo cute in the first pic!!!
Post # 4
I don’t know how much you should charge, but I don’t think you can get even close to the original price. It was worn, used AND altered, three major things that bring the price down.
Check out www.preownedweddingdresses.com and oncewed.com for selling.
Post # 5
Small dresses and dresses for shorter brides generally stay on the market longer since they have a way smaller base of people who can fit into them. You are probably going to have to price it at quite a bit less than the dresses in larger sizes and longer lengths.
Post # 6
@MrsFutureG: Thanks! Yeah I had a feeling that due to the amount of alterations needed we won’t be getting anywhere near what I paid, which is fine.
@maloussii: Awe thank you!!
Post # 7
@jdhall89: Yes, this is what I am thinking. I would rather have another bride wear it though than for it to sit in my closet and yellow over time. Hopefully there is someone out there short like me!!
Post # 8
@honie309: I think you may be asking the wrong question. There really are two questions inherent to what you want to know, and they’re likely going to result in two very different answers.
Although you are asking how much we, as brides or former brides, would charge if we were selling the dress hoping to recoup some of the money we paid for it, what you really need to find out is how much we, as brides or former brides, would pay for the dress in used condition. It is the answer to the second question that would be most helpful to you.
I personally would not ever want to end up paying more to wear the dress used than the seller ends up having paid to wear it new. However, many brides attempt to sell their dresses at a price where that is the case.
Post # 9
@honie309: Brielle is right, in that you have to think like a bride who is buying the dress. What would they want to pay for a used, altered dress.
I bought my ceremony dress for 70% savings from the original price on Ebay. It was new, unworn, unaltered sample.
I also just sold my original reception dress on Ebay today for 2/3 the original price unaltered and brand new.
So there is a range.
Post # 10
@Brielle: I would never ask for more than what I paid!! That would be ridiculous!
I guess my best option so far would be to list in on one of these websites, post a price and see what the average offer is for the dress. Lol, I knew it was going to be a process AND difficult to sell due to the fact it had to be altered so much. Sometimes I wish I was average height and size to fit into the normal bracket of brides.
Post # 11
I believe you may have missed the point of what I was trying to say. In saying that I, as a buyer, would never want to end up paying more to wear the dress used than the seller did to wear it new, I am referring to who ends up paying what percentage of the total cost of that particular dress.
I’ve seen gorgeous, expensive gowns listed online where, for example, the seller says she paid $8,000 for the dress new but is now selling the dress used for $6,500. As a buyer, why would I want to end up paying $6,500 for a used dress that the seller will end up having been able to have worn brand new for just $1,500. Do you see what I mean?
Post # 12
I would start at half off OBO and then if it doesn’t sell, start lowering the price. Since it’s altered, even your local Craigslist could be a good way to go because then you know the people are local and can come try it on (I personally would never buy an altered dress without trying it on to see if it’s even close to a fit a seamstress could work with)
Post # 13
@honie309: I would probably pay around $1000 for it, if it was in stellar condition.
Also, make sure you put your measurements with the dress, so the buyer knows what size it was altered down to.
I’ve seen dresses on oncewed.com, preownedwedding.com; theknot, ebay, craigslist, tradesy.com; recycle your wedding (http://ruffledblog.com/community/recycle-your-wedding.html), bravobride.com.
Post # 14
@BookishBelle: I was going to say half off at least. Particularly since you’re a more unusual size (we’re the same size so I feel you!) you probably will have a tougher time selling it. I’d say list it for $2,500 OBO as PP says and see what happens.
Post # 15
@Brielle: I get what you mean now.
@MadTownGirl: Thanks for the website options!
@BookishBelle: I’m thinking that’s a good idea. Worst case scenario, I get no bites.
Thanks everyone for your input!!
Post # 16
@honie309: I had a Maggie Sottero sample dress that I sold online for about 75% off retail after 2-3 months. It was unaltered.
Since your dress is discontinued, altered, used, and can only fit a small percentage of people, I would probably start at 75% off and go lower if needed. I doubt you’ll be able to get more unless you find that one bride that falls in love with your dress and no others.