(Closed) Experience re-selling a dress?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
5543 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

I think you are much more likely to be able to resell if you bought a super popular designer that is expensive and are selling it for way less than you paid. I bought a cheap dress new ($400 with a veil) and couldn’t sell it for even just $150. The people who are looking used are the ones who have champagne taste on a Dr.pepper budget and so those people selling that kind of dress have a lot more luck getting someone to buy it. 

Post # 4
1368 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I listed a designer gown which I bought sample for like $500 and it didn’t sell. Now if I priced it down to like 200, or even 100, it might sell. But I just haven’t done it yet because I’m not in a rush…

When I was actively checking out preowned, I was alwasys surprised at how pricey people were listing their used gowns. Like more than $3000 for used Vera Wang gowns. Delusional much? I think if a girl who can afford $3000 and wants a vera gown, she can buy it new at full price no problem.

I suggest you don’t buy a designer gown way out of your budget thinking you could always recoup.

Post # 6
642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Ok..I havent sold mine, but I did buy mine brand new from a girl online. It was a Davids Bridal dress, she paid $600. I paid $240 with tags still on.  I would never pay more than that, and I loved the dress!

Post it on craigslist or similar. You must ask wayyy below what you paid, because its true no one looking for a used dress is going to pay anything close to like $500, unless it is a specific designer, in a specific size that theyre looking for. You will probably be lucky if you get $200 or $300.

Your other option is to do consignment.  Where I live, there is a bridal consignment store.  They sell dresses from $500+,new and used.  They will sell it for you, however long that takes, and you split it 50/50.


Also there is a place called project bride.  I am outside Toronto, theres one there, but there is also one in Michigan.  All dress are donated (you can donate) and 100% of proceeds goes to cancer research. 



Post # 8
1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m sure there are other people out there that would want the dress! But there aren’t many people that are willing to pay a lot for it (look at everyone here – if you’re gonna spend a decent chunk of change, you may as well buy it new).

Unfortunately, as another Bee said, many people that buy used dresses are looking for the really popular ones – I can’t imagine someone looking for my dress second-hand, because there just aren’t that many of them out there!

I’m seriously considering taking it to a seamstress after the wedding and seeing if they can alter it to a tea-length dress. Luckily, my dress is partly coloured and doesn’t look too bridal, so I could possibly get away with wearing it again (with some major alterations)

Post # 9
505 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I bought 2 dresses and sold them both. (:

One for $150 less than what I paid and the other one for the same amount. I think it depends on the designer your using, the price listing selling it for, and the style of the dress. If you notice, there’s more people who goes for more fitted dresses now, not so much for the poofy ones.. (tho I do go for ballgowns lol)

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