Chances of actually selling your wedding dress?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

Celestiger :  It will depend on how in demand your dress is. If it’s a current and popular style you might find someone interested, if not you’ll struggle.

I tried to sell mine but noone was interested so I ended up donating it to a charity that plans and pays for weddings for terminally ill people. At the time it was a shame it didn’t sell but looking back I’m really glad I donated it.

Post # 3
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6273 posts
Bee Keeper

As cpick says it largely depends on the style, designer. Also size and what alterations you’ve had. 

Ive sold two dresses. One was a custom one that went wrong (for me but still a perfectly good dress that the bride who bought it loved) and my dress that I wore which was a designer dress that I’d bought secondhand too. 

If you’ve got something that’s in demand style wize then you may have a good chance but to give you some idea my secondhand dress was £2000+ but I paid 10% of that for it and sold it about the same. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee

It depends on luck, price and design. I thought my first dress (that became unsuitable for our wedding) wouldn’t sell as it was a pretty old style, too dramatic and while designer, not very well known or super popular. But I had 3 enquiries and sold it within two weeks of posting it up 🙂 the buyer’s size was exactly the same as the dress (she didn’t even have to alter it like I was going to)

Granted I sold at like 80% off. But I think a generic style that is everywhere is much harder to sell than an unpopular/not current style.

If your dress isn’t a trending style by a trending designer (like Galia Lahav, Berta, Grace Loves Lace, ML, Vera etc), I would sell it ~ 60-80% off for a quick sale. I peruse preowned websites regularly and if I were to buy a dress, I wouldn’t really consider a dress if it looks generic and is selling for more than half price. 

Size wise is very much based on luck. I’m a size 0 and would definitely buy a size 0 altered dress than a size 8. Some brides (like me) want to save the hassle of putting in a bustle, sizing down and getting it hemmed. 

Post # 5
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1936 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I tried to sell mine immediately after the wedding with no luck. I was surprised because it was still new (as in on the racks and in magazines) and only had a very minor alteration. The designer is also well known. 

I think it’s a luck thing. Decided to keep mine, though for a future shoot!

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Whatever you do, don’t factor in the cost you spent on alterations into the price. As a buyer, alterations are perceived as a negative (unless it’s exactly what the person needed) but I’ve seen plenty of brides try to sell a $2000 wedding dress with $700 additional in alterations for say, $1700, and it just doesnt fly

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I sold my two “dress regret” dresses. It really depends on the price you are willing to part with it for. I had both of mine priced around $300 each and it still took time to sell. 

I’ve seen several brides come here and complain about how no one will buy their dress, or they are being asked to sell it for hundreds less than they are asking, and they don’t understand why. The dresses are usually either outdated, or the seller wants too close to what they paid. The thing is, a lot of women looking for a used dress are either on a tight budget, or are looking for a specific dress. If you price your dress right, it will go. I am not saying you need to sell it for practically nothing, but you need to consider that you won’t get nearly what you paid for it.

Post # 8
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Busy bee

I think it also depends on the website(s) you post it on.  I used to be on a yard sale wedding facebook page and tons of women would post their dresses.  They very often would sell! Then again, I also live in a major city, so there’s a lot more opportunity for this.  What price are you considering posting the dress at?  Where are you thinking of listing it? 🙂

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I think second hand wedding dresses sell if they are priced accordingly. It’s insane to think that you’ll get, say, $1500 for a dress you paid $2000 for. Why should you only pay $500 to wear a brand new dress while bride #2 ends up paying $1500 to wear a second hand dress?

I think if you price appropriately and your dress is a popular size and designer it will go, but I think most people just think their dress is worth more than it actually is.

Post # 11
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787 posts
Busy bee

I agree with pp. style definitely dictates how quickly it will sell. Size is another huge factor. I bought mine new on a preowned site. I got it 30% off than retail. There were girls trying to sell the same dress for the same price as I bought mine but it was pre-worn & altered. I want closer to 50% off preowned. I know that if I were to resell mine, it’d be a difficult sell. I’m a size 0, with a size 6 bust & im 5’2 & wore flats. It’d take a very specific person to want my style of dress & be that height & size. 

Post # 12
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2014 posts
Buzzing bee

My cousin sold hers within the first week for the same price she purchased it. She spent about AUD$200.00 altering it from off the shoulders to strapless so all she lost was that cost. The buyer preferred it strapless anyway and liked that she didn’t have to be the one to get it altered.

A family friend sold hers in 10 days but her dress was couture and made by a very in-demand designer and I really feel like she priced it too low.

I know another person who has had hers listed for months, slashed the price multiple times and it still hasn’t sold.

I think it really is just luck and dependent on whether the designer/style is popular at the time.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I sold my Hayley Paige Keaton for $1,400 CAD. New I paid $4,000 with tax. Took me one month. I actually posted it for sale before my wedding bc I wanted to ensure the dress sample would still be in stores. I figured most secondhand brides try on a dress, can’t (or don’t want to) afford it, and decide to buy second hand. 

Mine was altered down a size but no other major adjustments. 

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