(Closed) Having a hard time selling my wedding dress. Anyone have luck selling theirs?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

anna2310 :  you might have to think about going lower than that, lower than 50% for sure. I sold mine (new, unworn) for about 20%

Post # 4
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

anna2310 :  Yep. Fortunately it wasn’t too expensive. Good luck! I think if you list it locally you might be more likely to sell it – a lot of people are nervous about buying something they can’t the on

Post # 5
238 posts
Helper bee

I haven’t sold one but I did buy one at about 40% of retail price.

I’m afraid that lots of views and still unsold probably means price/something else objectionable able it. For example, has it been modified to fit your body? Are you an unusual/less common size (please don’t take this the wrong way)?

Post # 6
22 posts

I am struggling to sell mine too:| New sample dress, loads of views, a few watchers but no bites! I hope that you can sell yours soon. I think if it is a less common dress (like mine) then people tend to want to see it in the flesh/buy it in a shop. Fingers crossed 

Post # 7
2146 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

wedding dresses are like cars the second they are off the lot they are devalued… especially a fitted/custom dress thats like buying a mercedes and having it spraypainted barbie pink with you custom monogram – unfortunatly unless you find a client with the EXACT body same body as yours its next to worthless

I own many wedding dresses ive bought second hand, never paid more than £20 for one, infact just bought a brand new sample dress yesterday for £15 and hoping to use it as the template for part of my customisation

you also have to bare in mind you can buy a brand new sample from £50 in many sale/outlets thats hasnt been altered or worn previously and people who buy second hand are doing it usually due to strict budgets so arent likely to go over a couple of hundred max

Post # 8
322 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I’m a bride that definitely looked at second hand dresses, sometimes just to see real pics of a particular dress. If I can’t try it on though, I will pass but still look at it. Good luck bee, I hope to sell mine too, and worry about how it will go online. I do enjoy browsing stillwhite in case that works for your location (I’m in NZ and surprisingly they have dresses listed here!).

Post # 9
269 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I am definitely going to buy second hand but I would not even consider anything over 40% retails price. I will need to dry clean and modify the dress, often customisations look terrible and need to be changed backed = easily brings a used dress up to more than 50% of the retail price. Also, is a veil and/or underskirt included? I would always bargain to have either or both included if buying in a shop, so that is a bonus for a used dress, too,

A big advantage of buying a used dress is that I buy it and have it. No waiting, I can take it straight to the tailor and if I have an underskirt and (nice) veil coming with it, that meand I am done shopping. That is a HUGE advantage in my opinion.


Post # 10
150 posts
Blushing bee

I really want to buy a second hand dress. But to me, it would only be worth it at 50% discount or more, as its not new. Although, I suppose that does depend on the price of the dress to start with.

I would have thought people looking on second hand sites (like myself) are looking for a bargain. Unless they have tried on your exact dress in the shop, its the right size and the right height. which seems less likely.

Post # 11
1013 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I looked all over the internet for the dress that I wanted that was used. It is such a huge cost savings for a garmet that has been worn for only a few hours. My biggest problem was that most dresses have been shortened for brides 5’5 and shorter. I’m 5’8 and wearing 4 inch heels, so the limiting factor for me were dresses that were too short 

Post # 13
3332 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Things that impact reselling:

-Are you an odd size? Extra tall, extra short, quite slim?

-Alterations done to change the dress might not work for everyone

-Is it dry cleaned?

-Is it still in style? (your wedding was recent so I assume so)

-Is it a good price?

The last one is probably the most important. If you are selling at a 63% discount, does this mean you are selling it for 37% of it’s original retail value? Or do you mean you are selling it at 63% of it’s retail value?

If its 37%, that’s a pretty good deal. But, if you just want it gone, reduce it or make it OBO.

If it’s 63%, you’ll probably need to lower it to at least 50%. It’s a used item in a world that values NEW over much else. I know a lot of brides that would rather a new dress for $500 than a used $2000 for $500. The people shopping for used dresses (myself included!) are doing so because we want a deal.

Post # 14
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

After purchasing my dress I searched for it on a lot of pre-owned websites to try to get inspiration from real brides about accessories. Its possible people are just looking at the photos for similar reasons and that might be driving up your # of views.

Post # 15
594 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Are you short? I considered buying second hand however there are a lot of dresses out there that have already been altered for a short bride. I wouldn’t buy anything that had already been shortened as chances are the hem of the dress has been soiled and will need to be cut off for the new owner.

I would hazard a guess that dresses owned by standard sized, tall brides would be the main dresses that are really resellable. 

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