Post # 1
Hello everyone! I have a bit of a dilemma. I want to sell my dress. I paid 1000$ including a lot of alterations. I have it listed on pre-owned, as well as OnceWed, and have put it on craigslist and kijiji. It’s only been about a month and a bit. I have had no bites, except one from kijiji, but she never came to see it. I have a chance to give it to a consignment shop, and she will sell for about 500$, and when it sells, I will get 250$ of that. Minus the dryclean cost, I will pocket about 200$. I just don’t know if I should. I was hoping to get more money than that for it, but maybe since it has had lots of alterations, it won’t. It’s still a great dress though, despite the alterations.
We’re really tight for money now and need to start building the savings acct for a new house next march. It’s not making any money sitting in the closet.
Any advice for me bees?
Post # 3
What about ebay or other used websites. Also keep posting on CL. Make a few accounts with different emails so you can post it once a week. No one sees thoes week old adds when they get pushed down.
Post # 4
I would say go ahead and put it on consignment. If you don’t sell it now while its in “style” it will sell for much less than $200 in a few years.
Since it sounds like you are tight for money right now, I would say definitely try to get some cash in your pocket.
Post # 5
Oh yes, I tried ebay too. I tried various different prices too. high, low. My lowest was 565, and nothing…
@caszos: Thats a good point too….
Post # 6
From what I’ve seen (I’ve looked a lot at pre-owned dresses), you can usually expect to recoup about 50% of your original sale price – not counting alterations. Unfortunate, but … whoever buys it will likely have to alter it herself too, so she doesn’t want to pay for your alterations!
I’d say the $250 isn’t too bad, considering the dress retailed for $565.
Post # 7
Just like caszos said, if the dress is from an older line, I suggest going with the consignment store because it will only go down in value over time. If it is from a newer line you might want to re-write your description or post better pictures. Sometimes a quick tweak like that helps. For Craigslist users who are local, I would make it easy on them to see the dress in person. Sometimes seeing the dress in person (as opposed to pictures) really helps with the decision making. Good luck!
Post # 8
I actually don’t know the maker of the dress. The tag said private collection. i bought it from an organizarion that has bridal store donated dresses or user donated dresses. They told me my dress had never been worn, but no tags. I guess the fact that the designer is unknown makes it harder huh?
Post # 9
Take the money and run! You are very right, it is not making you any money sitting in your closet. Also, that point that caszos made about it being out of style is very accurate. Once it is deemed an “old”-er style, you won’t get anything for it. $250 isn’t bad!
Post # 10
have you posted it on Weddingbee?
Post # 11
Other posters are definitely right about consigning it sooner than later. I work at a consignment store and so many brides are disappointed that 5-10 years is a long time for a wedding dress to sit in the closet and definitely lowers the price.
My only suggestion would be to check with a few different consignment stores (the amount you get varies by store, but is generally 40-60% of the price it sells for). Also, find out about their policies for returning the dress to you – that way you could keep posting it on other selling sites and get it back if you have an interested buyer. Also, does the store do the dry cleaning or can you have it done yourself before taking it in? You might be able to shop around for better rates if you do it yourself. Like others have said $250 really isnt too bad, but you should find out if there are any sales or discounts that could possibly lower that amount at the consignment store or if you can request that it not be reduced. Another thing to consider and ask about is what the consignment store policy is if the dress gets dirty or damaged from shoppers trying it on – most stores do their best to ensure that doesnt happen, but don’t really offer any monetary coverage if something happens to your dress.
If you’ve only been listing it for a month, you might try a little longer and try going to $300 or $400 (still better than $200!), but if you’re planning to consign it, definitely take it to the store before next spring (when a lot of last-minute brides are dress shopping!)