Post # 1
I’m wondering how hard it is to sell a lightly used designer wedding gown. I’m in LOVE with several Maggie Sotteros, most of which are technically out of my price range. However, they would all fit budget if I could count on getting 40%-50% back by selling it after the wedding. My fiance is totally on board with that plan if it’s a real option.
Does that seem do-able? For what it’s worth, I’m 5’3″ish and a street size 18. There don’t seem to be many mid-high end dresses in my size range on any of the preowned wedding dress sites. I wonder if that’s because they’re snapped up quickly or if there’s just no market for them?
Post # 3
Oh, good question. I just saw in crebre’s post about potentially reselling her dress, and I am curious what kinds of prices people will pay. I have a dress coming in brand new unaltered that I want to sell, so I am hoping I can get a higher price than once worn!
Post # 4
Heck I was just about to say I’m wondering the same thing lol!!!!! I am 5’5 a size 14/16 street sized. I think I would only buy a dress if I wanted it already, for example the one i’m looking at if it was on sale then I’d want it but if not then it’s sort of like a no, I may have trouble because I will make some custom changes to my dress, perhaps I will try consignment and/or preowned wedding dress. but I wonder how much is too much? I would be buying this dress for 14 busting budget hundred bucks… The thought makes me sick.
Post # 5
I can’t speak from experience, but I’ve lurked on used sites as a potential buyer for a good long while. It seems to me that these factors increase the chance of a sale:
– A known designer/model for which there is already a hype and many lusting brides (Maggie Sottero would fit this description)
– Dress is a newer model still being carried in several stores (so more potential buyers can go try it on before buying)
– It’s a really good deal. To me this translates as you’re saving at least 60% of the total cost. Of course the more expensive the original is, the bigger the savings, thus the better value. Personally I wouldn’t buy a $1000 dress for $400 but would consider a $10,000 dress going for $4,000.
– Average sizes. I think in the US market this is a size 8-12. Both ends of the spectrum means smaller target market. But I would say being a bigger size is better than trying to sell a size 0. Easier to alter down than up. And I think the worst is if the dress has been hemmed for a short girl – like myself. You’re also probably right there’s a niche for your size if this is hard to find in stores.
All things considered, I would hope for the best but not count on a resale. If something happens to the dress at your wedding and it’s too damaged to sell, or if you can’t find a buyer and your budget depended on this, you’ve painted yourself into a corner.
Post # 6
I agree with everything that was said! I am debating reselling mine after the wedding, actually someone already offered to buy it, but their wedding is before mine, so obviously, that will not work!