(Closed) How hard is it to sell the dress after the wedding?

posted 12 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1915 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
5280 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

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
2042 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
215 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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!

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