(Closed) Buying or Selling Used Wedding Dresses

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I purchased a used wedding dress.  I was looking for a particular style and did a google search on the style #.  The search led me to Weddingbee classifieds and I’ve been here ever since.  I think preownedweddingdresses.com is a good resource.  They charge a flat rate for listing a dress… not a percentage of the sale price (like eBay).

I would recommend investing in a good cleaning before selling the dress.  Buyers will be more interested if the dress is clean (all the work and expense taken care of), even if you charge a little more. 

Price is important.  Used dresses typically go for around 50% of the retail price.  Alteration costs are in addition to the retail price so that should not be considered in the resale.  I’ve read a lot of ads that say "it was only worn a few hours".  Actual wear-time doesn’t matter… it’s a used dress.  It’s like being pregnant… you either are or you aren’t.

Post # 4
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I just looked at it today for the first time.  I thought it was a pretty great resource.

Post # 5
105 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I was wondering the same thing.  I’m considering going through Once Wed in addition to the Weddingbee classifieds.  It’s free, and their site has lots of eye candy and DIY projects too 🙂

Post # 6
34 posts
  • Wedding: September 2008

Ditto oncewed.com

Bought a Monique Lhuillier Geisha dress from there for less than half the retail price. Just got it today and it’s in nearly perfect condition!

Post # 9
182 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I bought a wedding dress on Ebay. I would also consider craigslist or bravobride.com

Post # 10
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I’m curious about what to do with my dress after the wedding, too. I think the best option for me will be to donate it to a company that makes gorgeous gowns affordable to brides in need. Now I just have to find the best organization to do that.

Post # 11
456 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’m curious what I should do, since mine’s being made by a dressmaker. I doubt I’ll keep it, and I wouldn’t mind selling it, but how do you list something that’s not a particular designer/style? Would anyone buy a dress that’s custom made? I’d be concerned about not knowing what kind of quality I’m getting since sometimes handmade things can have worse, rather than better, craftsmanship. Or maybe that’s ridiculous.

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