Post # 1
I’m planning on selling my gown after my wedding next week. I’m wondering what experiences others have had. If you sold (or tried to sell) a gown: What percentage of retail did you ask for? What website(s) did you use?
If it matters, I have a silk ball gown by Jenny Lee, retail $3000, altered to fit 5’4" tall.
Post # 3
I bought my designer gown from ebay for 50 percent of the price. However, my gown was unaltered, and not a very popular style.
If your gown is something that a lot of brides are looking for you can probably start your listing at 2000 dollars, the only problem I forsee is your dress has been altered. A bride who is 5’6 and wants to wear heels will need to have your dress re-altered and probably won’t be willing to pay 2000 due to the fact a. it is a used dress and b. it requires a lot of work done.
From personal experience selling your dress sometimes takes awhile. With your dress i would list it on all websites (www.preownedweddingdress.com, etc…) for 2000 dollars, more $$ if you think you can get it. I would also open an ebay listing. If the dress doesn’t sell the first time on ebay (7 day auction-) run it again. If the second time the dress does not sell for 2000 I would lower the dress price. I would repeat the process until the dress sells. The longer you have your dress and it remains unsold the less likley you are to sell it. New dress styles come out every day.
Post # 4
I haven’t sold a gown, but I bought a gown pre-owned. I also used ebay and my Pronovias gown came in about 60% less than retail. It was a size 4 and was cut for someone who was 5’8 which worked out perfect for me.
I think a longer length may be more desirable as it it certainly easier to shorten a dress than to lengthen it and therefore would fit a wider range of heights. I also think the size of the gown affects re-sale as if it is closer to "average" size you will have a greater number of people who could potentially wear it.
Either way with enough exposure and the right price it will sell so list everywhere and start high… lower your price like Maureen said when necessary 🙂