(Closed) Difficulty reselling a petite wedding dress??

posted 3 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Would you purchase a petite gown second hand?
    Yes : (6 votes)
    43 %
    No : (8 votes)
    57 %
  • Post # 2
    1649 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    rh1052:  I am petite and haven’t been able to sell my dress for nearly 3 years. It doesn’t help that my waist is 25″. I’m about ready to send my dress to a cousin in China to sell it for me there to some rich skinny Asian girl. 

    Post # 3
    1025 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    You’re not the only skinny and short girl in the world. I am sure there is a buyer somewhere for the right price.

    Post # 4
    1952 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I had trouble selling a petite bridesmaids dress. I had 3 of the same dress from a wedding me and my friends were in. Mine and another girls sold no problem. We hadn’t hemmed either of ours much, if at all. My other friend, who is 5’4″, we never sold hers & ended up donating it. So I wouldn’t bank on it. 

    Post # 5
    285 posts
    Helper bee

    Yeah I wouldn’t bank on it, it’s hard enough just trying to get people to buy certain types of dresses, much less finding someone that has to be about 5′.

    Just stay within budget.

    Post # 6
    1204 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    Unfortunately, you’ll likely have a hard time reselling. The issue is that you can’t add length to most dresses. I’m a tall, plus sized bee. I searched and searched for used dresses online, but 90% of the ones I found were hemmed and would come up past my ankles if I tried wearing them. 🙁 

    Post # 7
    9569 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2016

    The thing is, most brides like to be able to cut off a few inches of their 2nd hand dress to make it look more new–the hem is often what gets dirtiest.  I’m 5’5″ and in order to keep my dress more resellable I’m wearing 4″ heels even though I’d rather go in flats.  (Actually just writing that I sort of regret my decision–I’m wondering if it wouldn’t be wortk the $1k to just wear flats, but the hem and bustle has already been done so oh well what can you do.)

    Back to you–you can’t change the fact you’re 5’1″, and yes you could wear heels but honestly it would probably only increase the sellability a bit, unless you wear 4+” heels (so that your dress at least suits a 5’5″ girl in flats).. so really, there’s no point worrying too much about it.  It sucks that because you are in the smaller tail of the size spectrum you will have a harder time selling your dress, and will probably need to sell it for less $$.

    Post # 9
    732 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    I’m 5’2″ and I’m a little nervous about selling mine to be honest! It didn’t *seem* that she took off too much from the bottom, but I only wore 3″ heels. it’s enough to worry me lol

    Post # 10
    285 posts
    Helper bee

    I think you can sell a petite dress used but it will be more difficult than if regular legth.  It will help though that it’s a Hayley Paige which is pretty popular.  And it would help if you wear some high heels.

    If you do go with the HP new, I will say that I had a good experience at their flagship store and the custom length on mine is perfect.  But defintely don’t bank on being able to sell it quickly and at a high pricepoint.

    Here are some things to consider while looking for it pre-owned: 1) tulle dresses are often damaged with general wear so if possible make sure you inspect it well before purchasing, 2) that dress is horsehair tulle so if it has to be shortened it may mean that all of the appliques and horsehair have to be undone and then moved up and re-attached which can be pretty expensive.

    Post # 11
    367 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    I’m super petite <5′ and while I was looking for a petite gown to buy, I wouldn’t bank on resellabliity.

    Not only are you limiting buyers by height but you also have to think about how many brides are interested in that style dress. (and if it’s an expensive dress- price point) I would look in budget- there are a lot of second options and many sellers are willing to come down a bit on price if you ask. I found mine on ebay of all places. Good luck! 🙂

    Post # 12
    90 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    Im 5’1 and 24′ and had no problem finding a dress that fit me. However, I also went through some dress regret and ended up with 4 dresses. The three normal length dresses sold super quick and the already hemmed to my height one is still for sale. This dress is also super popular so the fact that I have it for sale, pretty cheap, and it still hasnt sold yet all the other ones have tells you something lol. I would find it scary to be anything over the exact height of the bride selling the dress and hoping it fits, I dont think I would take that chance. You can always hem if its to long but if its too short? lol.

    Like I said, I have been trying to sell the WTOO Bristol for around $500 for months to no avail 🙁

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 5 months ago by  janeloveskyle.
    Post # 13
    467 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I am also tiny (4’11”, 23 inch waist), and I didn’t bother trying to resell my dress because I purchased 00P and sharnk the waist part – figured it’s too customized to my body.  So my dress is still hanging in my closet… But then again, I got my dress for less than $250 at Davids Bridal (I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, since I knew it will be worn only once).

    Post # 14
    108 posts
    Blushing bee

    When my daughter who is 5’0 took her prom dress to get altered she had the idea of reselling it.  We asked our seamstress if she could ater it without cutting it, she did it all by hand but was able to keep the length so if someone purchased her dress it could be taken down. She also had a bustle put in. Obviously that might not work on all dresses but it’s worth a shot to ask your seamstress. 

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