Post # 1
I am thinking of buying the Vera Wang Juliet dress with the hope of being able to sell it. Other than preownedweddingdresses.com, are there good wayd to sell a designer gown? I am trying to guage the probability that I could re-sell it. Thanks in advance for any advice.
Post # 2
forever_a_bride: I’m confused. You are buying a dress to resell it? Do you mean you are buying it, wearing it, and then selling it? If that’s the case, I would just be careful and wouldn’t count on being able to resell it especially if you plan on altering it. I’m not saying you definitely won’t be able to, but if it’s out of your price range, I wouldn’t risk it.
Post # 3
You should look into local consignment shops that specialize in expensive designer clothes in your area, they would be likely to give you more for a high dollar designer like that. If you sell it yourself on Preownedweddingdresses, Oncewed or any of those it would really depend on how popular your dress is.
If you have a Diana or a Gemma, it will sell fast if you sell it in decent condition for around 30% less than you paid. If you have a less popular/desired dress, expect to cut the price even more if you sell it yourself.
No guarantees that a consignment shop can fetch you more money, but at least it would be in the hands of professionals and less of a worry for you. 🙂 Do your homework, find out it’s legit.
edit : Also, sizing. If you have an unaltered length or the dress is at least 5’8(sample length) you will get more interested parties because it will be able to fit more people. As a woman on a used dress hunt, I’ve seen for myself that dresses say, 5’4 including heels, tend to wait longer on the market for a buyer because taller women(or medium women with a love for heels) can’t wear it.
Post # 4
I have a Monique Lhuillier dress that I’ve only thus far listed on here and Oncewed.com and I’ve gotten no responses. The cheapest used one I’ve found in the listings is $3500 so I listed mine for $3000 initially hoping that it’d attract responses. But no offers at all for any price. I’m also going to list it on preownedweddingdresses.com, which apparently gets a ton of traffic, so I’ll let you know if I get more traction there. Other places you can list it at are Tradesy, ebay, or Craigslist.
I’d say if this is a dress that you can afford and want, go for it, but don’t expect to recoup even half of what you pay for it. I’d be happy to sell my dress for $2000 at this point. I think the reality is just that the market for dresses in that budget range is very small and on top of that, you have to find a buyer who is your size/height. You can always make a gown smaller but not make it bigger/longer, so if you’re already a size 0-2, you’re not going to find size 4-6 brides who can alter it to fit them.
Post # 5
citysparkle: Yes, I meant buy, wear, and then re-sell after wearing. =)
Post # 6
I plan on selling my Vera after my wedding as well. However, as people have mentioned you can’t count on it. I have a girlfriend that has had hers listed at half price for over a year, no real bites. If you look at those sites you’ll see the same dress listed for quite some time normally.