- 3 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
It’s been a little over three years since my wedding, and I finally feel ready to sell my much loved Watters Jacinda gown, which has been sitting in my closet. I would love to do something practical with it. I’m a bit overwhelmed with all of the options online, and also wondering how logistics like shipping work (does the buyer or seller pay for that). Has anyone had a positive or negative experience selling or buying a used wedding gown online that they can share? Are there any sites in particular you can recommend? I’ve done a lot of research, and I would rather use a site that doesn’t charge commission, but I’d be happy to pay around $20 for the listing. I’m considering using Once Wed since besides being easy to browse and navigate they seem to try to protect their buyers and sellers from scammers, but please feel free to share your stories or recommendations. I’m also a little nervous about sizing. I know what size the dress was ordered in but it was altered and the original receipt doesn’t list exactly what was done to it. I know the straps were taken up and the bust and waist taken in, but I don’t know by how much. I can approximate my measurements back then but I can’t be totally sure. I’m pretty much the same size now as then, but again, I can’t be totally sure (I might have gained 2 lbs or so since my wedding). I just really want the bride buying it to be 100% happy with the fit.
Also, I never had it cleaned. I am looking at it now and there are no stains or discolorations I can see. Of course, I would be totally honest about this in my listing and am taking that into account for the pricing. I feel like I should have had it professionally cleaned soon after my wedding, but since I didn’t I don’t see a point in doing it now, especially as I live in a large city where it would probably be pricey. I would rather let the buyer decide if they want to have it cleaned or not.
I paid $2700 for my gown before alterations, and so I’m not really comfortable selling it for less than $1200. Does this sound realistic? Should I list for higher so that there is room to negotiate? Thanks in advance for any advice or insight you can share!