(Closed) Did dress purchase price make you sell your dress after?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: After the wedding...
    I sold it : (4 votes)
    14 %
    I kept it : (25 votes)
    86 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    1217 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I haven’t gotten married yet – my wedding is in November – but I will definitely be  selling my $1400 dress.

    Post # 4
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    879 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I am considering selling my dress.  I am thinking of maybe getting Farlow as well 🙂 It is $2495 here in CA.  Like you I can afford to keep it, but I would rather try to sell it because I don’t know what I would do with the dress afterwards other than take up space in my closet. Plus I don’t think I would be sentimental about the dress enough to want to keep it.  Even if I only paid less than $1K for a dress I more than likely would still want to sell it.  I love the idea of giving another bride the opportunity to wear the dress again.  Wedding gowns, esp the Farlow lol, are just way too beautiful to be sitting in a closet or stuffed in storage somewhere!

    Post # 5
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    11272 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    i just recently got married.  when i bought my dress i thought that i would off set the cost by selling it afterwards.  i loved it so much that i still can’t bring myself to sell it yet.  i think that i may want to do a trash the dress session just so i can wear it again.

    i am a bit torn now but i may feel differently after a few months when the whole wedding thing wears off.

    Post # 7
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    9917 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I was never sentimental about weddings, and never even thought about what my wedding would be like, so I never considered whether my mom had her old dress.  Well, she does, and I tried it on, and my dad cried, and it was really nice.  So I kind of want to keep mine (which I ordered today!!!!!!!!!) just for that…because it would be nice to see my daughter in it, someday, even if she doesn’t wear it.  

    On the other hand, my mom made her dress, so it was much more special than mine will be.  But mine is soooo pretty I am so excited!

    Post # 9
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    9917 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @Pinkmoon:  I don’t have any pictures, but hers is made from Liberty cotton…so it’s a printed cotton.  It’s really nice fabric, though.  It has a square neck, a loose bodice, an empire waist, and then sleeves that are fitted and then balloon out to the wrists.  Very 1970s!

    Post # 10
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    369 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I’ve gone back and forth on whether or not I want to sell my dress.  It retails for $4,450.  It was a bit over my budget but not so much that I need to sell it.  I just can’t quite let go of it.  Maybe someday <sigh>.

    Post # 11
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    1368 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I think you should keep in mind that NOT ALWAYS you can sell. I would not count on the idea of selling it afterwards. Unless you sell that farlow(one of the very popular dresses) at more than 70% off the retail price.

    I haven’t gotten married yet but I bought a preowned dress on a whim at a super great price but I ended up buying another gown so I don’t really need the first one anymore. I tried a couple websites to sell it for very good price but NO even one inquiries…

     

    Post # 12
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    11350 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I did not sell my dress, nor do I particularly want to do so. However, I am very curious how the resale market for bridal gowns actually works, because I have a gorgeous, expensive gown from a wedding I had been planning but ended up canceling many years ago. (Fortunately the lace and tulle ball gown would still be very fashionable today with some minor alterations to remove or change the cap sleeves.) I’ve been tempted to list it for sale, but I don’t really want to bother if it’s unlikely to sell. I’ve also been tempted to do a WB poll asking bees, if they sold their dresses, what percentage of their original expenditure were they able to recoup from the sale.

    Post # 13
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    1368 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    @Brielle:  I find that the more popular the original gowns with slim to none alterations are, the more they sell, but at around $1500 and less for $4000 Vera Wang’s or $1000 and less for $2500 Enzoani’s.

    Post # 14
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    11350 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    @gramgeek:  That seems reasonable. What stuns me is that, when I visit some of the pre-owned sites, I see brides listing very expensive gowns —  most of which have been worn and altered — for just slightly under their purchase price!  (Example: $8K purchase price, being listed for $6,500, that type of thing.)

    Post # 15
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    1368 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    @Brielle:  I know!!! I bet they don’t sell…. Like, if you can afford $6500 then you may as well pay $2000 more to get a brand new that fits you perfectly…

    @Pinkmoon:  sorry I don’t mean to thread jack!

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