Post # 1
Just wondering who out there has successfully re-sold a dress that they had purchased new… if so, please tell how/where you sold it and about how long it took to sell!
I had always justified buying a higher-priced gown by saying “Oh, I can always sell it and recoup some of the money back,” but I’m worried it might not be so easy in reality. I’ve been regulary checking out preownedweddingdresses.com and similar sites over the past year or so and some of the same dresses have been popping up over and over again, meaning they’re still for sale after all that time.
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
@gramgeek: Thanks for the reply, I for sure don’t want to break my budget for the dress but I had always thought my whole life how silly it was to pay so much for something that is really just a dress! Well, now that I am in planning mode I am wanting to step up to something really nice.
I guess I will go into the dress purchase expecting to get only a couple hundred dollars back on a $1500-2000 dress, if anything at all.
Then there’s always the idea of donating a dress… that would definitely help me stomach a big dress purchase, knowing that I will be able to pass on the dress to a truly grateful bride-to-be!
@chasesgirl: Thanks for the tip, the designers I am thinking of for my dress are indeed pretty popular (at least here on the bee!) but until I actually get in there and try stuff on I don’t know if I’ll end up with one of the most-wanted dresses or something with a style that appeals to a lot of brides out there. I’ll keep that in mind while shopping though!
Post # 6
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 # 7
@kjo: Thank you for the heads up on Project Bride for dress donations- I was wondering if there was something like that out there but hadn’t really started looking around yet. That would be wonderful!! I could wear my dream dress and feel great about it going to a good cause afterwards 🙂
My only other question for the hive is if you can alter a dress to a certain point that it’s not resellable or donate-able anymore… I am such a “pear” that they will probably have to take in the top of the dress quite a bit, and I’m worried no body would want the dress after that 🙁
Post # 8
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
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)