Post # 1
It may be time for me to give up, but I thought what the heck, I’ll post it here. I have been struggling to unload a bridesmaid dress I wore for quite some time now and wanted to hear if you all had any experience or advice.
The dress is floor length and cost me $200 at Alfred Angelo when I purchased it last year and I have been trying to get back $50. It’s a lovely stress in great condition, but I will never wear it again and would love to get back something and use it towards my wedding, even if it was just for a mani or pedi.
I realize this is one of those purchases you make where you don’t get a lot (if anything!) back and was wondering if any Bees who had done this had any tips! I have tried both Craigslist and eBay with no takers, offering $50 OBO.
Should I try any other places, consignment stores etc? I was surprised to see auctions on eBay for real Alfred Angelo bridesmaid dresses going for .99 cents (with $10-15 shipping) with one bid and the bidding about to end. Really?! :
Post # 4
I haven’t tried selling, but I’ve donated several bridesmaids dresses to charities that give them to high school girls who can’t afford prom dresses, including the Glass Slipper Project and Cinderella’s Closet. If you itemize your taxes, the tax deduction might be pretty worthwhile. Generally, for tax purposes you can value the donation at the thrift/resale value of the dress.
Post # 5
@sapphire–stars: You can try Tradesy.com.
I think the advantage Tradesy has over other sites is that people can return the dress if it doesn’t fit. People will like that option. Call it an formal gown or evening gown, maybe not bridesmaid in its title.
Does it seem like a dress people would want to wear to something? Or does it really looking like an over the top Bridesmaid or Best Man dress?
Post # 6
Let me know if you have any luck! I am currently trying to unload a bridesmaid dress that I never wore! I paid $170 for it at David’s Bridal for a friend’s wedding, and about a month before the wedding, they decided to cancel and go to the Justice of the Peace instead. Now I have this ball gown that I’ll never wear! I tried to sell it on the Bee, but no luck!
Post # 7
@spring-bride: I did the same thing with my old dresses. I highly recommend it!
Post # 8
@sienna76: Thank you! I have thought about Tradesy but will look into it a little more. I’ve been discouraged by how *ridiculously* cheap it seems high quality bridesmaid dresses are selling and that I’ve had no takers, even with an amazing return policy…
Its a green dress that could easily be worn for prom or as an evening dress which I’ve always made sure to include in the info :/ thanks for all the tips!
That is awesome! I have strongly considered this and will probably do so in the end. I donate a LOT of clothing. I love to feel like I am making a difference and the tax deduction might be a nice perk 😀
@MissCountryGirl727: I will let you know! I’m sorry to hear about your trouble selling and the fact you never even put it to use once :O As a bride, I would definitely have reimbursed you! Thank you for the sympathetic ear and I wish you lots of luck with your own Bridesmaid or Best Man dress burden :]