(Closed) Question about trying to sell the dress after…

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Would you buy a slightly stained dress for cheap knowing you were going to have to get it cleaned?
    Yes, it is less than half the original cost! : (12 votes)
    34 %
    No, I want it perfect when I buy it : (21 votes)
    60 %
    Other? : (2 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
    913 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I would want it cleaned before I bought it, not because I need things to be perfect but because I’d want to be sure that the stain would come out. You could always offer buyers the option–$150 without cleaning or $200 (or whatever) with cleaning.

    Post # 4
    2638 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2006

    I would expect to have to clean it myself, honestly. Though what about trying the method of a huge industrial laundry machine, white duvet, Woolite, and prayer? LOL.

    Post # 6
    10366 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Cleaning a wedding dress costs at least $150, and in larger cities $250+. Honestly, if I knew I was going to have to clean it, i’d just buy it new. $150 + $250 = $400.

    Post # 7
    4352 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I would want it cleaned before I purchased so I know the stains are there and I’m stuck with them or that there are no stains. Having to clean it myself makes it a big gamble for me as a buyer.

    Post # 8
    1271 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Dry cleaning a wedding dress is very expensive sometimes.  I would not buy a used dress that had not yet been cleaned, because I wouldn’t want to risk that the cleaning would cost more than the dress.

    Post # 9
    2103 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Cleaning a gown is EXPENSIVE! They quoted me nearly $200 to do mine. My gown was only $450 new, so I’d almost have to give it away to make it worth the price for the seller.

    Post # 10
    1843 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I just sold my wedding dress.  I cleaned mine myself, in the shower/tub at home and it came out PERFECTLY.  My dress had a ton of lace and intricate beading.  There was just a bit of dirt on the bottom of the dress but I knew a potential buyer would want a clean dress. 

    I soaked it in the tub in soapy water and also used SHOUT on the worst parts.  I let it soak for several hours, rinsed it and then hung it up to dry.  When I first took it out of the water, I could still see some of the dirt and I was really disappointed.  When the dress was dry, however, it was completely SPOTLESS – looked brand new.

    Definitely try cleaning it yourself at home.  When I was getting my alterations done, the woman at the bridal shop was the one who told me you’d be amazed at what a dress can go through.  She said it’s not unheard of for shops to throw a gown in the sink and wash it – nobody ever knows the difference.

    Post # 13
    4352 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I bought mine used knowing it was clean but had been stored in a box for a year and a half. I assumed that it would be at least a little wrinkled from that. The only way a buyer would know it does not need to be steamed is if they are picking up the dress instead of having the seller mail it to them. Which is pretty much impossible because it is rare that the seller and buyer live so close together.

    Post # 14
    305 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I think milesbella had a great suggestion trying to clean it youself and hey, if it doesn’t work and it does not make sense to sell- I think you should look into a trash the dress session.  You could get amazing pictures! 🙂

    Post # 15
    155 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I bought my dress from a fellow bee,  it was not cleaned when i bought it, i washed it myself at the laundry matt and it came out beautiful…i paid $400 for it and she was my dream dress, but i didn’t want to pay $200+ to have it cleaned chemically ( dry cleaning does not take out alot of things that good ole wet washing does)  I would definately buys used again and wouldn’t hesitate to get it not cleaned, as long as you are open n honest about the markings on it, it shouldn’t be a problem.

    I bought used because the dress i wanted wasn’t in my budget brand new, i didn’t want a knockoff, so i knew if i wanted it, it had to be used and my situation worked out great!!!

    Post # 16
    1526 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    They should understand that it will need to be steamed. I mean even if you steamed it, after you stuffed it in a box to ship it, it would need to be steamed again lol.

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