(Closed) Selling the Gown?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
5263 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would love to, but I’m guessing I won’t be able to as I’m really oddly short (5′) and there aren’t many other petite brides! I’ll be wearing 4″ heels, but still… 

Otherwise, I’d trust a site like http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com or http://www.oncewed.com – I’m not sure how much they charge, though. I’d definitely list on Craigslist as well. 

Post # 5
573 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think I’m going to sell mine.  I will never wear it again and I am not the sentimental type, so I’m not going to try to save a piece for my daughter, etc.

Plus, I would love for this beautiful dress to be worn again — and I’d love for a bride who loves my desginer but doesn’t want to spend the money to have their dream dress!!  I also spent more than I had originally budgeted on it and in a way I justified the price knowing I would try to sell it….

I will probably try to sell first, and if that doesn’t work I will most likely donate to Brides Against Breast Cancer.

Post # 6
3252 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I”m going to sell mine and hopefully it goes really quick because I suspect that if I hold on to it for a long time that I won’t want to part with it.

Post # 8
5263 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Oh, sorry, just realized you mean they don’t make commission. Whoops!

Post # 10
420 posts
Helper bee

This had never crossed my mind until I actually bought my dress.. I think that if I got a lace dress, I would want to keep it because there’s a teeny chance my future daughter may like it, or I could use the lace for something special. However, i ended up with a $1,400 Maggie dress made out of french taffeta… So im thinking definetly to sell.

Post # 11
229 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Definitely planning on selling – 


Post # 12
1075 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I def will!!  I’m not one to get too attached to material things.  As long as I have my photos, that’s all I need.  Esp if I can make another bride happy that couldn’t otherwise afford a brand new gown, then I’d be happy too.

Post # 13
1184 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would sell my dress for a dress that doesn’t need so many alterations. I bought an A-line dress and we my seamstress and I want to convert it to a mermaid. But oh well, my seamstress who is my aunt says that it will look like a 3k dress when she’s done with it and I trust her. Wish me luck hive!

Post # 14
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I recently sold a dress on preownedweddingdresses.com

I purchased a designer dress at a sample sale for a great price. It was in perfect condition and was exactly what I thought I wanted. It’s a beautiful dress but I just wasn’t sure it would be formal enough for our venue. (And I kept thinking about another dress I loved but was more than I wanted to spend). So I listed the dress for sale hoping to make my money back but if it didn’t sell I would wear it. The dress sold in 3 weeks and I made money on the sale! I would have been content just making my money back but my $700 profit was even sweeter. The extra cash made my dream dress affordable.

Here are some tips/info about selling the dress online:

Listing the dress only cost $25. The site recommends escrow.com but my buyer sent me a certified check which I preferred.

Designer dresses or or really good deals (under $500) sell pretty quickly. 

Dresses that have been altered for a shorter bride are more difficult to sell.

Lots of good-quality pictures are helpful- photos of you wearing the dress and the runway or ad photos

A little patience is necessary. I had about 10 inquiries before selling the dress. Its an emotional purchase so it can be difficult to find the right buyer.

I hope this is helpful!

Post # 15
10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

Okay Here’s my take on it since I just bought my dress (from bravobride.com) I paid 350 for the dress (including shipping)… I think anything over 400 is a stretch and I could probably just buy a new one.  The bride is about a street size larger than me and is a bit shorter than me so i will have to wear a shorter heel, but that’s about it.  I will probably sell it after I am done with it for a bit less than I paid for it or around the same price because I think it’s a good deal.

Post # 16
4480 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

I will definitely try to sell mine, and since it shouldn’t need too many alterations (it’s a little longer than the standard length since I ordered extra length and am having it hemmed down just a bit) I am hoping someone will go for it. I am not very sentimental about things so I’d be happier with the money than the dress taking up space. 😉 I’ll probably be here looking for tons of advice on how to sell it online!

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