(Closed) Married bees: How easy is to sell your bridal stuff?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
2856 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I actually have not tried to sell any of the wedding items. I did however leave a bunch of items to the venue for them to offer to other brides to use.

The venue had quite a few items from previous weddings that were very useful for my wedding, so I thought I would help them out.

Post # 4
2015 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

The first dress I bought (which I didn’t end up wearing) was REALLY hard to sell. I was suprised because it’s actually a style that’s really popular right now, and I knocked down the cost a ton. I still actually haven’t sold it, but I keep trying 🙂 It’s been over a year.

Post # 5
144 posts
Blushing bee

I was able to sell nearly all my decor and extra wedding purchases through weddingbee, craigslist and other sites. I am really thankful for that. However, it did take a lot of time. Sometimes, it felt like a second full-time job (but then, I had a lot to sell!)

If you will be shipping things, you have to get a lot of quotes…and many potential buyers never follow up or respond at all. That can be frustrating. That being said, if your items are well-priced and you’re diligent about it, there always seems to be a bride who’s interested. You also meet some great people through the process (who usually have a similar aesthetic.)

The only thing that was extremely tough was selling my second wedding dress. (I changed my mind and got a different gown.) It’s a pretty popular style but I still expected it to be hard. That’s a lot of money and a huge purchase…and not everyone will trust someone over the internet (and rightfully so!) I had it listed on preownedweddingdresses. They were really great, but it actually ended up selling through craigslist. I had to knock the price down a lot, and that hurt, but I loooooved seeing another bride so excited about the purchase. 🙂 

Long story short, it can be done…but takes time and effort! GOOD LUCK!

Post # 6
12078 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion

Yep, it can take awhile.  I’m still trying to unload the first dress that I bought and didn’t end up wearing.  But, if you have patience, you will sell most stuff eventually!

Post # 8
3871 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I bought a sample dress that was too big for me, so I put an ad in craigslist.  Someone from the UK ended up contacting me for the dress.  I ended up getting what I first paid for the dresses.  I had some really good luck.


I haven’t officially posted my centerpiece vases on craigslist, which I should do.  I had a prospective buyer but she only wanted half of my vases.  I wanted to sell them all because it’s not that often to find someone with 20 vases.


Post # 9
5823 posts
Bee Keeper

I put some DIY things on the WB classifieds, and I want to sell my dress.  I originally planned to sell everything from my wedding, but it seems like I haven’t had the motivation to take pics/list everything.  I expected to recoup like $500, but so far I haven’t sold anything!

Post # 10
553 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Ditto to everything that Goodbuddy said…Ive been able to sell most things but its been a lot of work.

Post # 11
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

MIghtySapphire I am with you, I haven’t sold anything. I just need to take pics and price them, I just haven’t felt like doing it yet. 

Post # 12
2007 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I have so much stuff that I was planning on selling and that I haven’t even looked at since the wedding.  Just finding the motivation to take pictures and list it can be hard.  I think once I have it at my house it will help though, right now it’s being stored at my mom’s. 

So I can’t speak as to how stuff actually sells but it can definitely be difficult making yourself spend the time cleaning, prepping, photographing and listing it.

Post # 13
1508 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I haven’t gotten around to doing anything about it yet. However, I think my mom’s going to want the stuff out of the basement soon. UGh. One more thing to do.

Post # 14
1120 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I’m not going to sell the dress and veil, but I am selling everything else. 7 months after the wedding and I only have our table overlays left. Everything else (and there was a ton) sold quickly. I’ve made about 70% back of what I spent on the items.

Post # 15
1250 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

This is a good post. I’ve been wondering about the same thing. Rentals costs are so high that we are considering purchasing things like plates, linens, and glassware, then reselling it. I’m not sure if it is worth the hassle, but I’ll do it if I’m confident I can make some of the $$ back.

Post # 16
436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I sold our 30 tablecloths and table runners on Craigs List.  They went pretty quickly.  Now I’m trying to sell our wedding arbor but not having much luck.

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