Advice for selling my used designer wedding gown!

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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1798 posts
Buzzing bee

I’ve had good luck buying wedding dresses on Craigslist and local Facebook yard sale groups, and i see them posted sometimes on Nextdoor.com

One time I bought a vintage one off eBay and they were able to stuff into a flat rate USPS box lol that shocked me but saved on shipping.

Post # 3
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75 posts
Worker bee

I use stillwhite to sell my dress regret gowns. I look at all those used websites quite often so might be able to give some opinions…

I often find lots of expired Oncewed’s listings. Most of the time it’s not that the sellers sold the dresses or don’t want to sell anymore, but because they left it sitting around. I was looking for one dress and found a seller advertising hers across a few websites, but the Oncewed one was expired and I couldn’t contact her at all. I ended up contacting her on Preownedweddingdresses. Just something to keep in mind if you do list on oncewed.

Preownedweddingdresses is a great place to sell, the dresses there are often priced lower than on stillwhite (there are more choices for decently-priced dresses basically). The interface isn’t as good as stillwhite but it’s a great place to shop for bargains and I’ve seen plenty of Watters dresses. The dress I was shopping for, the Vera Wang Ethel, there are like 12 listings since last I checked, so competition could be really stiff for popular dresses. I advertised my veil there, unlike other sites you can advertise accessories and bridesmaid dresses too.

Stillwhite has an amazing interface that I like and an integrated chat and Paypal system, which makes everything easier and safer. I sold two dresses there quite easily and straightforward to do. I’ve seen quite some Watters dresses there too so consider selling there! They also have plenty of help guides on shipping and stuff like that.

Both Preowned and Stillwhite have about the same listing fee and they don’t expire.

I’ve also browsed nearlynewlywed but I don’t really know how it works, I think they handle all the conversations with the buyer and they tell you once they actually have a buyer. Convenient, but I’m not sure if they work off commission or a listing fee. 

You can also consider Tradesy (but they take a percentage off so you need to list it at a higher price) or Ebay (Ebay sells quickly but at very low prices so I wouldn’t recommend unless you’re desperate)

You can decide to include shipping in the price, or leave it out and let the buyer know they have to pay for shipping. You can offer to let the bride try on your dress so it fits, but list the approximate street size and bra size you wore so interested buyers can gauge if they are near your measurements.

Plenty of dresses that were not dry cleaned do sell, (for a lower price), it’s actually more saleable than a dry-cleaned dress with rips. 

I would suggest going onto those websites (even ebay!) to look at what others are selling your exact dress for and then price it accordingly. I found people successfully selling your dress for around the price you are looking at, but I would say you might need some patience as similar dresses sell around $700-$1000. 

Hope this helps!

Post # 6
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47187 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You can take the actual measurements of your gown with a tape measure.

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