(Closed) Has anyone tried to re-sell a dress? Was it difficult?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Have you tried to sell your once-worn dress? Was it difficult?

    I'd never sell my dress!

    I tried, it was a pain, but I eventually sold it

    I tried, but I wasn't able to sell it for a reasonable price, so I gave up

    I sold it, it wasn't that difficult

    I sold it, and it was pretty easy and reasonable

    I sold mine, but I regret it!

    Still trying!

    I haven't yet... but I'm interested in seeing the answers!

  • Post # 3
    426 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I’m actually curious about this as well so I’m bumping for you!

    Post # 4
    662 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I want to know too! Have a brand new Sottero & Midgley Elaine I would like to sell at some point. Tagging to reference later

    Post # 6
    6580 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I’ve been trying to sell my first dress (I had dress regret and went with another) for a few months. It’s SO hard and nobody seems to want it.

    My actual dress, I’d never sell. I love it too much 🙂

    Post # 7
    945 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I was married in September 2011, listed the dress in October 2011, and it sold in January 2012.  I listed it for free on Recycled Bride.  I sold the dress for half of what I paid. 

    I cleaned the dress myself at home (the only parts that were dirty were the bottom and it came SUPER clean).  I listed the dress with a lot of photos and gave specific information about all the details, any alterations that were done, etc.

    It was a somewhat annoying process – a lot of half interested people who string you along, several that would ask a bunch of questions and then you’d never hear from them again, and a few of the scams (I’ll send a check and have someone pick it up).  I also listed it on CL (figured local would be easier) but I didn’t have much interest until I had a buyer from Recycled Bride (then I had two local brides contact me wanting to see it).


    Post # 8
    602 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    tagging for future reference. curious as well! 

    Post # 9
    88 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I didn’t see a poll answer for mine.. I bought a dress from recycledbride, got it, beautiful.. Didn’t fit my body right… Bah.

    Put it up on CL and now on RecycledBride (has been on CL for months) and no buyers, so it’s still up for sale!!


    Post # 10
    286 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I had a friend try to resell a wedding dress for over a year and still has it. I know someone else who used a pageant dress in her wedding and sold it the same weekend.

    I think all you can do is list. There’s someone some threads down that sold like all five of her gowns.:


    Post # 11
    322 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I had two dresses- suffered from dress regret over an impulsive process. I put my dress on recycled bride, preowned wedding dresses and ebay. Eventually I gave up on Ebay because I got tired of relisting it repeatedly. It ended up selling about 7 months after I listed it on RecycledBride. My dress was a Anne Barge, a style that is currently available and I sold it exactly for what I paid for it. The buyer paid me through paypal and I had no problems. It definitely was difficult AND a lengthy process, but in the end it was a huge relief that I was able to sell it!

    Post # 12
    4134 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    I would imagine that the REALLY popular expensive dresses aren’t that tough, but anything else would be difficult to sell. If someone can scrape toghether the cost of the dress, then they will probably buy new.

    Post # 13
    187 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I listed my dress and it sold in less than a week! Definitely was not difficult for me.  I did not expect it to even sell!

    Post # 14
    1727 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Mine took about 2 months and for about 50% of the price. 

    Post # 15
    3132 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    We sold mine on eBay.  We listed it for significantly less than other people were because we just wanted it out of the house, so it sold FAST. 

    Post # 16
    7039 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    You post a lot of pictures proving that it isn’t dirty – that’s how people trust that it isn’t dirty! I sold my dress. It wasn’t that hard. Don’t expect more than 50% of the original price, though. I think people think it’s “difficult” because they are expecting too much.

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